Sudanese students stone police on third day of bread price protests

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Sudanese students stone police on third day of bread price protests
Written by Reuters, Tuesday, 09 January 2018

Hundreds of Sudanese students on Monday threw rocks at riot police and were met with tear gas salvoes on the third consecutive days of protests over a doubling in bread prices, witnesses said.

They said police formed a cordon to force more than 300 marchers onto the campus of Khartoum University, the largest in Sudan, and continued to fire tear gas at students chanting, “No, no, no to price rises!”

A smaller number of protesters gathered in Kosti, Sudan’s biggest Nile river port 350 km (217 miles) south of the capital, but were dispersed by baton-wielding police.

Street protests broke out across the sprawling northeastern African country after bread prices doubled following a government announcement late last month that it was eliminating subsidies in its 2018 budget.

A high school student was killed and six others wounded on Sunday in the southwestern city of Geneina. Authorities did not give a cause of death but said investigations were under way

This month Sudan devalued its pound currency to 18 per U.S. dollar from 6.7 pounds to the dollar previously.

Amid the continuing unrest, the exchange rate on the black market hit about 29.5 pounds to the dollar on Monday, compared with 28 pounds to the dollar a day before.

State Minister of Interior Babkar Daqna denied that the demonstrations were in response to price rises and said that destructive protesters would be “dealt with forcefully”, state news agency SUNA reported on Sunday.

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Teargas used on stone-throwing Sudan protesters
Written by Reuters,
11 January 2018

Police in the capital of Sudan fired tear gas to disperse stone-throwing students protesting a doubling of bread prices.

Police vehicles sealed off main roads leading to the university, forcing about 400 demonstrators onto the campus of Khartoum University and fired tear gas at students who chanted “No, no to price rises”.

Street protests broke out across the north-east African country after bread prices doubled following a government announcement late last month it was eliminating subsidies in its 2018 budget.

A high school student was killed and six others wounded on Sunday in Geneina.

Sudan this month devalued its pound currency to 18 per US dollar from 6.7 previously.

Hard currency remains scarce in the formal banking system, forcing importers to resort to an increasingly expensive black market.

Amid continuing unrest, the currency weakened to 30.5 pounds to the dollar on Tuesday on the black market, compared with 29.5 on Monday.

Addressing parliament on Wednesday, State Minister for Finance Magdi Hassan Yassin called price rises the result of “black market manipulation of the exchange rate” and said the ministry and central bank were working to shut it down, without specifying how.

Annual inflation stood at 24.76% in November, the latest available statistic.

Government ruled out floating its currency, a measure the International Monetary Fund urged it to take as part of broader reforms it says are needed to attract investment and revive a reeling economy.

“The rise in prices is not related to the devaluation of the official exchange rate from 6.7 pounds to 18 pounds, because there have been government efforts to reduce the prices of staple consumer goods,” Yassin said.

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Sudanese protesters teargassed, arrested
by Reuters,
17 January 2018

Sudanese police fired tear gas, hit demonstrators with batons and arrested several people at a protest against soaring living costs in Khartoum.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered on a street near the presidential palace, chanting against rising prices and calling for a change of government before clashes broke out, a Reuters reporter said.

Protests and clashes with security forces broke out across the country early this month after Khartoum imposed tough economic measures in line with recommendations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The African nation devalued its currency to 18 Sudanese pounds for one US dollar, from a rate of 6.7 pounds in 2017. It also cut wheat subsidies, causing a doubling of bread prices.

The Sudanese pound hit an all-time low on the black market at 34 to the dollar on Monday amid a foreign currency shortage that has crippled the economy.

Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it 75% of its oil output. The United States lifted 20-year-old sanctions in October and the IMF has since advised it to embark on reforms including a currency float.

Sudan has ruled out floating the pound.

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Seven dead in Sudan protests
Written by Reuters -
9th Apr 2019

Six people were killed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum during protests on Saturday and Sunday and another died in Darfur, the interior minister told parliament.

Bishara Jumaa said in a statement, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, 15 civilians and 42 members of the security forces were injured in protests and 2,496 protesters were arrested in Khartoum.

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