1 Feb 2011

Anti-government protests erupt in Sudan

11:00 am on 1 February 2011

Anti-government protestors in Sudan have staged further demonstrations inspired by the uprising in neighbouring Egypt.

Activists say a student at Khartoum's Omdurman Ahaliya University, died from his injuries after being beaten by security forces during the protests, Reuters reports.

It was the first reported death in student protests that have erupted in several cities.

On Sunday night, students at Khartoum university were beaten and teargassed in their dormitories with at least five injured.

Witnesses said at least six universities in the capital and Sudan's regions were surrounded on Monday by hundreds of heavily armed police, preventing students from leaving the grounds.

Separately, the BBC reports, Sudan's vice-president has confirmed the north will accept the south's vote in favour of secession.

After the results were announced on Sunday - with 99% backing independence - two weeks had been set aside for appeals.