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Anti-government protests spread across Sudan

Dozens wounded as Sudan protests over price hikes reach Khartoum
Dozens of Sudanese were wounded during protests over price hikes in Khartoum, Sudan on 20 December 2018

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in six major cities across Sudan on Sunday to demand the overthrow of the regime. Protests were held in the cities of Bahri, Faw, Al-Fashir and Amri, as well as Port Sudan and Madani. Protesters in the city of Amri included people who have been displaced as a result of the construction of a dam in northern Sudan.

Witnesses told Anadolu news agency that dozens of protesters who took to the streets in Port Sudan were dispersed by police using tear gas. Likewise, protesters in Madani faced a strong police presence and tear gas was also used in Bahri.

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Altogether, it was reported that hundreds of protesters took part in the demonstrations organised by opposition parties and the Sudanese Professionals Association in what was described as “the intifada week in the cities, villages and neighbourhoods”. Many arrests were made.

There was no official comment from the Sudanese government about the protests. Last Thursday, however, the authorities announced that the death toll had reached 24. According to Amnesty International, however, the figure stood at 40.

Sudan has been witnessing anti-government protests since December, as citizens take to the streets to condemn deteriorating living conditions.

Protests in Sudan – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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