Khartoum - Women and children rallied quietly outside
Sudan's state security headquarters on Thursday calling for the release of
detainees held in a crackdown after protests over fuel price hikes, an AFP
The crowd of around 45 carried photographs of the detainees,
including social media activist Dalia El Roubi, the reporter said.
Children held signs reading: "Freedom for my mum".
Roubi, an employee of the World Bank in Khartoum, was taken
from her home on Monday. Her husband Abdelrahman Elmahdi told AFP he had still
heard no news about her by Thursday.
Sudan's government says it has arrested about 700
"criminals" after last week's protests.
But rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a
statement on Wednesday that "reports from journalists, members of
opposition parties, activists, and family members indicate that the figures are
It said security forces were believed to have killed more
than 200 protesters, many with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Authorities say 34 people died after petrol and diesel
prices jumped on 23 September when the government cut fuel subsidies, sending
thousands into the streets in the worst urban unrest during President Omar
al-Bashir's 24-year rule.
The government said it had to intervene last week when
crowds turned violent, attacking petrol stations and police facilities.