Sudan’s state television says police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Khartoum on Thursday after the Sudanese government announced plans to cut fuel and electricity subsidies in a move that could trigger more unrest.
Sudan’s government has struggled to contain rising inflation as the global oil market slump forces Sudanese firms to cut back on spending, making goods less affordable.
Some Sudanese have accused the government of stealing public funds.
Demonstrations against food price rises broke out on Tuesday and have continued into Thursday. Since Tuesday, about a dozen people have been killed in protests in Kauda, one of the largest cities in the West Bank region in Sudan’s west, and in East Darfur, according to locals and the United Nations.
The protests appeared to be part of a larger uprising that started in neighboring Egypt and which has so far spread to about 30 cities, according to activists and residents in Sudan. The Sudanese government has warned citizens to stay away from protests and has issued a travel ban on residents of East Darfur.
Sudanese minister of international cooperation Awad al-Jaz said in an interview published on Facebook on Thursday that prices could eventually stabilize because of political changes. “The president and government are working to alleviate the sufferings of Sudanese people and ensure that any political changes happen by the hands of the ballot boxes,” he said.
Reports suggest that Sudanese soldiers were firing on protesters who had gathered in the capital.
Read the full story at the AFP.
Six police officers in deadly assault on protesters are praised in Sudanese official newspaper
Burkinabe ‘peacekeepers’ killed in attack on base in Sudan