World Bulletin/News Desk
Hundreds of Sudanese took to the streets in capital Khartoum following weekly Friday prayers for a fresh round of protests against a government decision to lift fuel subsidies.
Eyewitnesses said hundreds of protesters marched from several mosques in Khartoum and converged on the capital's Shambat district amid chants calling for the fall of the regime of President Omar al-Bashir.
Protesters also marched in Port Sudan, the country's main port city and capital of Sudan's Red Sea State.
Scores of supporters of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) also staged protests in Khartoum's Al-Mazad neighborhood.
Two days ago, SCP leader Ibrahim al-Sheikh was arrested by Sudanese security forces.
Sudan has been rocked by mass protests since the government announced a decision last week to lift state subsidies on fuel and other vital commodities as part of a controversial economic reform program.
The government has also raised taxes on a number of consumer goods, sending retail prices for hydrocarbons and consumer commodities skyrocketing, instantly triggering mass protests.
While activists say more than 100 people have been killed so far in protest-related violence, Sudanese authorities put the toll at 34, including several policemen.Last Mod: 04 Ekim 2013, 16:26