Protests Over Rising Prices Continue for Fifth Day in Sudan, Doctors to Strike

22 people have been killed so far in Sudan’s protests that erupted on Wednesday over the rising cost of bread and fuel prices. Now Doctors are planning to join demonstrations and begin an indefinite strike Monday.

Protests first erupted in Atbara five days ago before spreading to Gadarif and then to the capital, Khartoum, Omdurman and other areas, leaving the headquarters of the ruling National Congress Party torched.

Authorities declared a state of emergency on Thursday, legislator Al-Tayeb al-Amine Tah told local broadcaster Sudania 24, without providing details.

Reports continue of restricted internet access and social media access remains limited, the Sudanese government and mobile phone companies have denied responsibility.

Opposition leaders say demonstrations will continue to rock Sudan. Demonstrations have now spread on Saturday to at least two more cities: Wad Madan and El Rahad.

In Wad Madani hundreds of demonstrators gathered and chanted “no to hunger,” police responded with tear gas and batons.

In El Rahad, hundreds of demonstrators were tear gassed and the office of the National Congress Party was set on fire.

 

 

Photo: “Atbara Sunset” by Richard Stupart is licensed under CC BY 2.0