Student Killed Over Bread Price Protest
Protests over rising bread prices broke out across Sudan on Sunday, leading to the death of a student.
The demonstrations followed a similar protest in the southeastern city of Sennar on Saturday after bread prices doubled following the government’s announcement in December that it was eliminating subsidies in its 2018 budget.
In the southeastern city of al-Damazin, police fired tear gas on Sunday as about 400 demonstrators chanted “No, no to price rises!” and some burned tyres, a local resident told Reuters.
On Sunday protests spread to downtown Khartoum and three cities to the south; the southwestern cities of Nyala and Geneina as well as al-Damazin, residents in these areas told Reuters.
A high school student was killed, and six others wounded in Geneina during the protests, the Governor of Geneina said in a statement.
It did not give a reason for the death but said the incident would be investigated.
Authorities arrested Omar Al-Dageir, the president of one of the country’s largest opposition groups, the Sudanese Congress Party, members of the party said.
Authorities also blocked the sale of six daily newspapers carrying critical coverage of the subsidy cut and price rises, editors of the papers told Reuters.
The removal of subsidies is part of austerity measures as the country struggles in the face of inflation running at about 25 per cent and an acute shortage of hard currency that has sapped import activity.
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