Eight People Killed During Price Protest in Sudan

During protests, more than 8 people were killed across Sudan, on Thursday, 20th December. The protest is mainly over the rising prices as well as other economic sorrows. Thousands of people hit the streets and some even asked for dissolving the government of President Omar al- Bashir, according to some witnesses.

Officials from the al-Qadarif and adjoining area stated that, six people died in the eastern city of al-Qadarif and two more in northern Nile River state. However, the officials didn’t disclose further details on how they were killed. There was no immediate comment from the central government. However, authorities announced a state of emergency in the eastern city of al-Qadarif.

Mubarak al-Nur, an independent member of parliament told that the condition in al-Qadarif has become threatening. He told reporters that the protests have taken the shape of theft and firing and it is becoming out of control every day.

Police even hurled teargas in order to disperse a crowd of around 500 people in the capital Khartoum. The protesters were then chased on the back streets and finally arrested.

Some of the protesters shouted that they want the collapse of the regime.

The anger of the public has been growing over price increase and other economic pains which include a doubling the cost of bread this year and restriction on bank withdrawals.

In the northern city of Dongola, demonstrator’s torched local office of Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party. In the northeastern city of Atbara, demonstrators hid their faces behind scarves while they came out for a second day protest and shouting “freedom”. Many people joined the protests as they were not able to find bread in the shops for four days. Also, many people were not able to encash their salary. The situation has become difficult for the people to live with.

The protest has been the biggest since crowds came out protesting against slashing of state subsidies in 2013, when many also requested for a new government; it is an unusual move in a state controlled by the army and security services.

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