Sudan police disperse Khartoum student protest

The students, angered by the firing of teargas inside the university's campus in central Khartoum, swarmed out of the university and set a nearby fuel station ablaze, eyewitnesses said.

Sudan police disperse Khartoum student protest

World Bulletin/News Desk

Sudanese police fired teargas on Sunday to disperse a protest staged by university students in Khartoum, eyewitnesses said.

Students of Sudan University were demonstrating against a recent government decision to lift state subsidies on fuel and other commodities as well as perceived heavy-handed crackdown on the critics of the decision.

The students, angered by the firing of teargas inside the university's campus in central Khartoum, swarmed out of the university and set a nearby fuel station ablaze, eyewitnesses said.

On Sunday, the government decided to lift state subsidies on fuel and several other commodities as part of a controversial economic reform program.

The government also raised taxes on a number of consumer goods.

The move sent the prices of hydrocarbons and consumer commodities skyrocketing, instantly triggering mass protests.

While activists say more than 100 people have been killed so far, Sudanese authorities put the toll at 33, including policemen.

Last Mod: 29 Eylül 2013, 21:46
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