Death toll rises to 60 in Sudan protests

Sudan's opposition claimed that 60 people were killed in protests sparked following government's decision to remove subsidies on fuel and other commodities

Death toll rises to 60 in Sudan protests

World Bulletin/News Desk

60 people were claimed to be killed as Sudanese protesters took to the streets for the fourth day to protest the government's decision to remove subsidies on fuel and other commodities.

Kamal Amr, one of the leaders of the opposition People's Congress Party, claimed in statement that the death toll rose to 60 as Sudanese police dispersed protests in the central city of Om Dorman and southern Khartoum.

Sudanese authorities have not issued an official statement about the death toll yet.

The federal government announced on Sunday removing subsidies on fuel and other commodities and increasing taxes on some goods as part of crucial economic reforms.

This took the prices of hydrocarbons and consumer commodities skyrocketing, sparking immediate demonstrations.

While backed by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the austerity measures, such as cutting fuel subsidies and government posts, devaluing the currency and raising taxes sparked mass anti-regime protests last July when the government announced similar austerity measures, which forced the government to retreat and opt for gradual implementation of the plan.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Eylül 2013, 11:19

Muhammed Öylek

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