Two dead in the crackdown on protests over the shortage and rising cost of commodities in Sudan

Two dead in the crackdown on protests over the shortage and rising cost of commodities in Sudan

At least two people died today when Sudanese police dispersed demonstrations against the shortage of basic products and its increase in several cities of the country, where government offices were also attacked, witnesses and a hospital source told EFE.

In the city of Al Qadarif in western Sudan, two people were killed by shots fired by security forces, a doctor at the local public hospital told Efe, who declined to be named.

The source explained that one of the victims is a self-employed worker named Al Nur Fadl, who was shot in the chest, and the other is Mohanad Ahmad, a student who was shot in the head.

Violence between protesters and police broke out after they burned an office of the ruling party and the seat of the provincial government, as well as three public vehicles, including one police, according to witnesses.

In the city of Dongola, capital of the state of Rio Nilo, protesters set fire to government buildings and the headquarters of the official National Congress Party (PCN), and chanted slogans against the "regime" of Khartoum, including "Paz, freedom and the revolution as an option of the people, "witnesses told Efe.

Also in the town of Berber, on the Nile River, the police repressed the protests and fired live ammunition against the demonstrators, according to the owner of a store named Omar al Taher.

Yesterday, the authorities of that region declared a state of emergency and a curfew from 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT) until 06:00 p.m. (04:00 p.m.), and suspended classes in schools for a period of time. indeterminate.

In the state of Sennar, located on the border with South Sudan, hundreds of protesters took to the streets this morning, mainly students, and the police dispersed them with tear gas and batons.

Meanwhile, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, the first protests were registered on Thursday afternoon, the biggest protests at bus stops, while the police used tear gas to disperse them and shots could be heard at the University.

In the city of Um Durman, twin of Khartoum, there were also protests, but the police repressed them.

For his part, the communications officer of the PCN, Ibrahim al Sadeq, told the press that "the right to express positions and opinions is guaranteed by the Constitution, but sabotage is not accepted" in Sudan.

He also considered that the demonstrations are an "attempt to destabilize security" behind which are "opposition elements."

The Sudanese government said yesterday that the liquidity crisis that the country is experiencing and the fact that citizens can not withdraw their money from banks are the "real problems" that must be faced.

He also said that he is still subsidizing bread and oil, and that these subsidies are also included in the 2019 budgets.

The Sudanese currency was devalued last October and is currently trading at 47.5 Sudanese pounds against the dollar, and reaches 60 pounds on the black market.

Inflation was close to 69% last month due to the generalized rise in prices, with meat, onion and milk being the most expensive products.


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