UPDATE 1-Dozens protest near Khartoum after Friday prayers
Dozens of protesters chanted anti-government slogans as they left a major mosque following Friday prayers in Omdurman, near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, a Reuters witness said.
The protest was significantly smaller than other demonstrations seen in Sudan in recent weeks, triggered by price increases and shortages of cash and fuel following months of deteriorating economic conditions.
Organizers have urged protesters to march toward the presidential palace in Khartoum on Sunday, when larger numbers are expected to take to the streets.
Friday's protesters, mainly young men, chanted "peaceful, peaceful" and "step down, step down," as they called for a change in government.
The protests represent the most persistent opposition Bashir has faced since he took power in an Islamist-backed coup nearly 30 years ago. The demonstrations are more widespread and sustained than bouts of unrest in September 2013 and January 2018.
Bashir and the head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service have called for restraint in the response to the protests, which officials have blamed on infiltrators. (Writing by Lena Masri Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)
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