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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