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Injuries in Sudanese protests against lack of bread and fuel

February 10, 2020 at 4:04 am

Dozens of members of the “Resistance Committees” of revolutionary Sudanese youth gather to a protest against meeting of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Head Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda, in front of the Union of Sudan Professional Chambers (SPA) headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan on 6 February, 2020 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

Several Sudanese protesters were injured on Sunday in protests against the lack of fuel and bread, and in demand of the appointment of civilian governors, interspersed with clashes between police and protesters, in two northern and southern cities.

The cities of Atbara (North) and Kosti (South) witnessed protests for the fourth consecutive day, against the lack of bread and fuel, and in demand of the appointment of civilian governors.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that the protesters in Atbara burned tires and closed the main streets with barricades.

Eyewitnesses from Kosti stated that the police fired bullets and tear gas, which resulted in injuries among the demonstrators.

The city of Damazin (southeast) has been witnessing similar protests for the past three days.

On Saturday, the capital Khartoum witnessed night protests against the lack of bread, fuel, and passenger means of transport.

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Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that “hundreds of protesters went out in the cities of Khartoum, Khartoum North, and Omdurman, west of the capital, burning tires and blocking major streets.”

Over the past weeks, the capital has been witnessing an increase in bread and fuel queues.

Sudan has been suffering from a severe crisis in securing gasoline, which led to long queues of cars in front of gas stations.

The alliance of the Forces of Declaration of Freedom and Change said in a statement that it was, “informed on Saturday that the Ministry of Finance had paid part of the late arrears of the grain companies and that the companies committed themselves to work in full capacity to produce what covers the country’s daily need of flour.”

The alliance had led protests, which started in late 2018, against the deteriorating economic conditions, forcing the army leadership, on 11 April, to dismiss Omar Al-Bashir from the presidency (1989-2019).

The alliance added that the Ministry of Trade and Industry received about 73,000 flour sacks from companies, after their production last Thursday was 53,000 flour sacks, to increase to 100,000 flour sacks as from Sunday, knowing that the country’s actual need is 80,000 flour sacks per day.