Sudan: 19 dead as violent protests continue for 10th day

Sudanese marchers protest against the government in Khartoum on Tuesday, December 25.

Khartoum, Sudan (CNN)Sudan's security forces fired shots into the air to disperse anti-government protesters in the capital of Khartoum as the northern African country entered its 10th consecutive day of protests.

Demonstrators burned tires on residential streets as organizers urged protesters to gather in large numbers near their mosques after Friday prayers.
Large military vehicles were present on streets, and soldiers were stationed outside banks and petrol stations.
    According to Reuters, security forces also used tear gas and stun grenades to break up protests.
      The grass-roots neighborhood protesters are calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. Larger protests, organized by professional unions representing doctors, lawyers, teachers and students, are planned and are supported by two of the largest opposition parties.
      The protests against Bashir began 10 days ago, triggered by fuel shortages and a spike in food prices that saw the cost of bread double in the past year.
      The violent clashes have left at least 19 people dead and another 406 injured, the Sudan Minister of Inf