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Sudanese stage new protests against soaring food prices


January 17, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese riot police used tear gas and batons to break up a demonstration by people protesting against high food prices, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune.

The protests took place in Al-Kamleen city which lies near the capital and crowds reportedly blocked the main road that links Khartoum to the central region for almost an hour.

Students from the faculty of education in Al-Gezira University took part in the demonstrations as well.

Last month the Sudanese government introduced a set of measures that aims at gradually lifting subsidies on petroleum products and sugar. This had the immediate effect of raising the prices of gasoline and fuel as well as sugar.

Sudanese officials said that they intend to implement phase two of removing subsidies in the coming months.

Last Wednesday students held protests in the universities of Khartoum and Gezira in the north’s agricultural heartland against the new measures. Opposition parties on the government to reverse its decision and sack the finance minister or face popular uprising.

Sudanese authorities warned that they will deal swiftly with any attempts to stage protests particularly as the country heads towards a breakup between the North and South.


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  • 18 January 2011 08:16, by Victory

    What goes around comes around,please i urge all the southerns in north not to take part in this protest,but rather come back to south where by everything is in plainty..GOD BLESS S.SUDAN

    • 18 January 2011 11:32, by Deng E. Manyuon

      Mr Victory,

      Absolutely, I do agree with you in urging all Southern Sudanese in Khartoum not participate in these protests. The recent conducted Referendum on the self determination has signal Southerners out politically. As such, their participation will definitely have unwanted ramification. They should think about their return to the South. I am worried that the NCP will use them as ransom during upcoming discussion of pending issues between the South and the North. Brother Mohammed Ali has reflected that in all of his posted comments. He always mentions prensence of people of Southern Sudan in Khartoum!!!


    • 19 January 2011 02:35, by Young Nation

      This is the genesis of the end of North Sudan’s social and political life. All indications reveals that South Sudan is the life-line for North Sudan econonmic prosperity. The current social, economic and political negative symtoms taking toll on North Sudan atmosphere are the beginning of North Sudan political, social and economic woes .

      The raising of North Sudan opposition parties against NIF/NCP ruling system is a good example of North Sudan political turmoil. The skyrocketing prices in goods and service across Khartoum and other cities of North Sudan is another indication of economic instability. What a disaster? The only solution, I believe is for North Sudan to rely on SOuth Sudan frienship in all fronts: Socially, economically and Politically.

      Young Nation is a graduate of International Relations and a student of Master of International Law at Sydney University, Australia

    • 31 October 2011 18:00, by syklops1
  • 18 January 2011 16:07, by Facts Check

    I am tired of hearing about Turabi agitating since I was born!!! Take this sucker and his other loser Sadiq Mahdi and summarily execute them immediately for treason against the elected government of Bashir!

    To hell with Jallaba making noise all the time about Bashir regime and doing nothing about it!!!! I am sick of it! Let Bashir take them out and quickly!

    • 18 January 2011 22:30, by Ito

      This is the beginning of another bitter revolution in north Sudan. NCP should not think that it is a simple case, this is the kind of a situation that can lead to intense discontent and disatisfaction which will in turn lead to coup det tat to unsit the government from Khartoum.

      I encourage those affected to not only talk but to make sure that words go in line with actions. use anything at your disposal to fight this regime until it is finally killed and buried. That is the only way in which you may experience happiness otherwise you will never get whatever you wanted under the hands of this unrecognised and ruthless regime.

      South Sudan Oyee

      • 18 January 2011 22:32, by saban John

        you said it is the beginning of revolution of south sudan. We know that you are the one encouraging it. remember you will pay for it inshalla, Rabuna rasula allah.

        • 19 January 2011 00:20, by australian

          You should not call yourself "John". It is offensive for Muslims to use Christian names. Learn some respect.

        • 19 January 2011 01:03, by Biggy K

          Dear John,
          You are a lost Southerner, probably paid money to proclaim lies. If there is God, He will bless the people who were oppresses, not the tyrannical government that marginalised one part of the nation for many years.
          May God Bless Southern Sudan,and may the blood of the innocent souls that were killed haunt the North and its descendants forever. South Sudan Oyee, Salva Kiir Oyee, Riek Machar Oyee.

          I love South Sudan.

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