Khartoum deploys troops to quell streets protest

Sudanese authorities have deployed soldiers and police on the streets of Khartoum to counter street protests against the government's austerity measures.

The opposition Friday called on the people to take to the streets against the removal of subsidies on essential products, including fuel and electricity.

The government had earlier on Thursday announced the removal of the subsidies.

The move was among the series of austerity measures by Khartoum to stabilise the troubled economy, occasioned by the loss of the oil revenues after the separation of South Sudan in 2011.

The universities

Hundreds of people were killed in September 2013 nationwide protests, when the government announced similar measures on fuel subsidies.

The protests on Monday spread across the country to the universities of Khartoum and the Nile.

Some residential areas in the capital including, Buri, Lamab, Aldaim and Gabra also reported protests.

The cities of Port Sudan in the eastern, Medai in the Middle Nyala in Darfur and Atbara also experienced protests on Monday .

State of alert

The Ministry of Interior issued a statement warning that it was deploying more reinforcement on the streets to stop further chaos.

''We are not sure how the protests might progress, but we are ready for the worst case scenarios,’’ the ministry statement said.

“We would not raise the state of alert to 100 per cent for now, the situation is stable, but we will monitor it closely,’’ it added.

In the meantime, the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) has announced that nine of its leading members have been detained by the security organs.

Security organs

Among the detainees is the former SCP Chairman Ibrahim Alshiekh, the political secretary Mr Bakri Youssef and the central council member Mr Abdelgayoum Awad.

"The security forces have waged a wide detention campaign against our leaders because they called on the Sudanese to take to the streets to protest against the disastrous economic measures, " the opposition statement extended to the Africa Review on Tuesday, said.

In another development, three Sudanese newspapers have been confiscated from the streets.

The Sudanese Journalists Network (SJN) said in statement on Monday night that the security organs had confiscated the print-runs of the Altayar, the Algareeda, and the Alwatan newspapers.

It explained that the authorities had confiscated the papers for covering the citizens’ reaction to the government's new austerity measures.

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