Sudanese army deploys after deadly riots

September 26, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sep 26, –  The army also reinforced positions around military headquarters in Khartoum and along the city’s university road, which is close to the presidential palace. Violent protests erupted in Sudan on Monday when President Omar al-Bashir’s government decided to lift subsidies, immediately doubling prices of gasoline and fuel.

hromedia - Sudanese army deploys after deadly riotsSudanese authorities on Thursday deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in the country’s capital following days of rioting over gas price hikes that claimed at least 30 lives.

Hospital officials and activists said at least 30 have been killed since in street violence, mostly in Khartoum. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. Protesters torched 20 gas stations in Khartoum and elsewhere, and set fire to several police stations. Stores were looted in several parts of the city. Police fired tear gas in some places.

It was not immediately clear how the 30 had died and authorities released no details. On Wednesday, a police statement said three people had died — two in the town of Wad Medani south of Khartoum, and one in the Omdurman district of the capital.

Internet was shut down on Wednesday but it was not clear whether the blackout was government-orchestrated and linked to the rioting. But the cut recalled a similarly dramatic outage in Egypt, Sudan’s neighbor, when authorities shut off Internet access during that country’s 2011 uprising.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by reports indicating what seemed like an official attempt to stifle coverage, and called on the government to restore the country’s connection.

Sudan lost most of its main oil-producing territory when South Sudan broke off and became an independent state in 2011. After the military deployed, Khartoum was quiet by late morning Thursday. Last year, an attempt by the government to cut subsidies sparked similar protests but they were quelled by a heavy crackdown on protesters, activists and journalists.

The latest riots first began in the state of Gezira, south of Khartoum, and in some places turned into a call for the ouster of al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for more than two decades. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on allegations linked to the conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur where an estimated 300,000 people have died since 2003 due to fighting between government-backed tribes and rebels.

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