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Spirit of revolt drifts South as austerity protests rock Sudan

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After years of neoliberal reform, authoritarian rule and increasing misery, further austerity measures drive the people of Sudan back into the street.


For the second time since the split between Sudan and South Sudan in 2011, large protests have broken out across the country. The epicentre of the protests is in the capital Khartoum, with thousands of people taking to the streets on a daily basis. Ever since the government announced on 22 September that fuel and cooking gas subsidies would be cancelled, public anger has risen to a boiling point, with demands for the re-institution of the subsidies quickly transforming into demands for the fall of the regime and an end to Al-Bashir’s 24-year rule.

Protests have been going on for over a week and dozens of protestors have reportedly been shot by the state’s security forces. The head of the Sudanese Doctor’s Syndicate, Dr Ahmed al Sheikh, reported that most injuries were caused by bullets in the head or the chest. In a recent statement, Amnesty International condemned the state violence and statedthat “Shooting to kill – including by aiming at protestor’s chests and heads – is a blatant violation of the right to life.” Whereas the official government figures claim that 33 people, including police officers, have died, Al Sheikh estimates that as many as 210 people have been killed so far.

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