29 September 2013

Sudanese Police Disperse Protests as More Activists Arrested

Photo: Radio Dabanga
Confrontation between police and protesters in Khartoum.

Khartoum — Sudanese police dispersed Sunday protests in Khartoum and Port Sudan while the security service arrested a number of activists in different regions in a bid to quell protests that sparked across the country over subsidies cuts.

Activists told Sudan Tribune that National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) carried out a new wave of arrest since Sunday morning affecting activists in Wad Madani, Khartoum and Port Sudan.

They said seven were arrested in Al- Safia, Khartoum North and taken to unknown destination. According to the activists, Badreldin Abdel Bagui in Khartoum and Musab Kamal Abdellah in Port Sudan were arrested from their homes.

However protests were organised in the Red See capital where hundreds of people took to the street shouting anti-government slogans like the people want "the fall of the regime", "Freedom Freedom".

The protesters marched in the main streets of Port Sudan before to be dispersed by the anti-riot policemen who fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

Also in Khartoum the police used tear gas to disperse a protest organised by students of Sudan University near the Popular Market (Al-Souq Al-Shabbi). While thousands demonstrated in Khartoum Suburb of Burri following the end of a memorial ceremony for Salah Sanhoori, a pharmacist two days ago by the security agents.

In Omdurman, small protests were also organised in the evening in Al-Mouradai and Banat areas.

But the interior ministry said the situation was calm and announced that minister Ibrahim Mahmoud and Khartoum governor Abdel Rahman Al-Khidir would hold a press conference on Monday afternoon.

Opposition leaders remain silent as their houses are under surveillance by the security service. Also journalists prevented from reaching them.

Khartoum transportation company announced the resumption of its activities in the capital since Sunday, indicating that 11 buses were burnt and 118 others were damaged during the anti-austerity protests.

The director of the company Osman El-Hassan stated that the price of transportation tickets will remain the same unaffected by the rise of fuel prices.

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