Sudanese opposition figure arrested

Sudanese authorities have yet to issue a statement regarding party's claims

Sudanese opposition figure arrested

World Bulletin/News Desk

Sudanese security forces on Tuesday arrested Ibrahim al-Sheikh, leader of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party, the party has announced on its official Facebook page.

Eyewitnesses said that eight police vehicles had surrounded al-Sheikh's home in northern Khartoum's Muzad district on Tuesday morning.

Sudanese authorities have yet to issue a statement regarding the party's claims.

Al-Sheikh had taken part in recent protests against a government decision to lift state subsidies on fuel and other commodities, which critics say was followed by a heavy-handed crackdown on the move's critics.

On Sunday, the government announced a decision to lift state subsidies on fuel and several other vital 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 in protest-related violence, Sudanese authorities put the toll at 34, including policemen.

Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2013, 14:11
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