Sudan farmers protest government ‘land grab’

KHARTOUM — Around 800 farmers protested Friday against a government decision to seize land from a village in Gezira state, Sudan’s agricultural heartland, without compensating the owners, witnesses said.

The protest coincided with a speech by opposition leader and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, who said the government was facing its own “Tunisian and Egyptian experience.”

After Friday prayers in the village of Fudasi, around 160 kilometres south of Khartoum, 800 demonstrators marched to the land that was appropriated by the government to build a university college.

There they confronted a small group of police, burning their tent and demanding that they leave.

More police arrived from the nearby town of Wad Madani to pick up their colleagues and take them away, the witnesses said.

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