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Death toll from Sudan protests rises to 19: minister


December 27, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese government admitted that 19 people have been killed during the recent demonstrations throughout the country to protest against the difficult living conditions and calling on President Omer al-Bashir to leave.

“Nineteen people lost their lives in the incidents including two from security forces” since the protests began on 19 December, announced the Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Bushara Juma said in a press conference held in Khartoum on Thursday.

Juma gave the details of the death toll saying three were killed in the Northern State, five in th River Nile State, six in the Gedarif State and three in the White Nile State, in addition to two regular forces without elaborating on how and when they were killed.

Until Thursday, the government maintained the number of dead was eight people. Opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi spoke about 22 victims while Amnesty International put the death toll at 37 people.

The minister went further to say they arrested 107 opponents most of them belong to the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW).

He said that the government will file a case against the group leader and issue an Interpol arrest warrant for him. However, the SLM-AW denied the accusations that its members are involved in sabotage actions during the protests.

BRITISH MPS CONDEMN VIOLENCE

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan (APPG) condemned the”disproportionate and deadly ”
use of violence by the Sudanese government in response to the peaceful protests.

“The Government of Sudan must now engage constructively with the legitimate grievances raised by a diverse range of demonstrators across the country,” said APPG Vice Chair Mp David Drew.

Drew further called on the Sudanese authorities to respect the freedoms of assembly, expression and association in accordance with the Sudanese and International Human Rights Law, and to investigate into the killing of protesters.

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Large protests erupt across Sudan over price hikes

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December 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Popular protests have erupted Wednesday at a number of the Sudanese states against price hikes and worsening economic conditions.

At least five killed as thousands protest against price rises in Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – At least two people were killed in eastern Sudan as thousands took to the streets across the country on Thursday protesting against soaring prices, with some calling for the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir, officials and witnesses said.

A student and another demonstrator died during violent protests in al-Qadarif, the city’s independent MP, Mubarak al-Nur, said. Police also fired teargas at around 500 people in the capital Khartoum, some of them chanting: “The people want the fall of the regime.”

They were among the worst protests since crowds came out against cuts to state subsidies in 2013, when again many called for a new government – a rare act in a state dominated by the army and security services.

Public anger has been building over price rises, inflation and other economic hardships – including a doubling in the cost of bread this year and limits on bank withdrawals.

Sudan’s economy has struggled to recover from the loss of three quarters of its oil output – its main source of foreign currency – since South Sudan seceded in 2011, taking most of the oilfields.

A bonfire is lit along the street during protests against price increases in Atbara, Nile River state in northeastern Sudan December 20, 2018. REUTERS/El tayeb Siddig
The United States lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions on Sudan a year ago. But many investors have continued to shun a country still listed by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism, whose president is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding genocide in Darfur – charges he dismisses.

The latest violence erupted in Atbara on Wednesday, where local authorities declared a state of emergency after crowds set fire to the ruling party’s office there.

“I went out to protest because life has stopped in Atbara,” said a 36-year-old man who asked not to be named.

He said he had not been able to find any bread in the shops for four days.

“LIFE HAS STOPPED”
“Prices have increased and I have still not been able to withdraw my November salary … because of the liquidity crisis. These are difficult conditions that we can’t live with, and the government doesn’t care about us,” he told Reuters.

A bonfire is lit along the street during protests against price increases in Atbara, Nile River state in northeastern Sudan December 20, 2018. REUTERS/El tayeb Siddig
Economic conditions in Sudan have deteriorated sharply in recent months.

At 69 percent, Sudan’s inflation rate is among the world’s highest. Severe shortages have forced people to queue at bakeries and petrol stations.

In September, Bashir dissolved his government, citing Sudan’s “state of distress and frustration”, and slashed the number of ministries by a third cut costs.

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In October, Sudan sharply devalued its currency after the government asked a body of banks and money changers to set the exchange rate on a daily basis.

The move led to further price increases and a liquidity crunch, while the gap between the official and black market rates has continued to widen.

“The protests began peacefully and then turned to violence and vandalism (on Wednesday),” Hatem al-Wassilah, governor of Nile River state, which includes Atbara, told Sudania 24 TV.

“The situation in al-Qadarif has become dangerous and the protests have developed to include fires and theft and it’s now out of control,” its independent MP, Mubarak al-Nur, said. He said one of the protesters who died was his relative.

Bashir took power in an Islamist and military-backed coup in 1989. Lawmakers this month backed a constitutional amendment to extend term limits that would have required him to step down in 2020

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