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Sudan soccer fans clash with police, call on Bashir to leave

Sudan soccer fans clash with police, call on Bashir to leave

CAIRO (AP) — Fans at a soccer match in Sudan's capital chanted slogans demanding President Omar Bashir step down and later clashed with police in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman.

Video clips posted online show the fans in the stadium chanting "the people want to bring down the regime," one of the main slogans of the Arab Spring uprisings. Activists say police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the fans after the match.

The violence late Sunday was the latest in a series of anti-government protests across Sudan. The protests were initially sparked by rising prices and shortages, but soon turned to demands for Bashir, in power since 1989, to step down.

Sudan's doctors, meanwhile, began an indefinite strike on Monday, with organizers reporting a widespread response.