Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

27 January 2014

Sudan: West Darfur Traders On Strike Against 300 Percent Tax Increase

El Geneina — In West Darfur State market traders went on strike on Saturday in protest against an increase of sales tax imposed by the state authorities and security services. Four members of the Chamber of Commerce in El Geneina were arrested because they rejected the taxes increase.

One of the traders told Radio Dabanga that they were shocked to hear about the increase of the sales tax per loaded commercial transport vehicle. West Darfur State increased the taxes on Thursday more than 300 percent, from SDG3,000 ($525) to SDG10,000 ($1,755) without an explanation.

The West Darfuri Chamber of Commerce rejected the increase too. Thereupon the security forces in El Geneina arrested the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Tijani Yusif, and three other members on Saturday.

The market traders closed their shops in El Geneina on Saturday and Sunday in protest against the increase. They decided not to engage in any commercial activity until the Chamber of Commerce president and members are released, and the sales tax increase is cancelled.

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