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Families of detained students protest outside of NISS headwaters on 9 June 2016 (ST Photo)

June 11, 2016 (KHARTOUM)- Sudanese police forces and security men dressed in plain clothes on Saturday dispersed dozens of families of detainees gathered outside the premises of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum.

Since several days, the protesters gather in front of the NISS headquarters in Khartoum holding pictures of the detained university students, and placards calling for their immediate release.

The protesters denounced the prolonged arrest of the students, and requested freedoms for the detainees.

NISS agents called on the anti-riot police to disperse the protesters, but the demonstrators showed remarkable determination and refused to leave.

Last May, the security authorities arrested 10 students from the University of Khartoum following protests against the purported sale of its historical building.

Right groups say the university students are still detained without charges. Many of them are held at unknown locations, without access to lawyers or contact with family, putting them at increased risk of torture.

(ST)

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