S. Sudan president believes Sudan will overcome crisis

Cheryl Sanders
December 27, 2018

Protesters in Atbara, a northeastern hub for Sudanese workers, torched the ruling party's local offices, setting off similar events in nearby towns that then spread to the rest of the country.

The classes were suspended at all "high and basic schools and kindergartens", both national and foreign syllabuses, as of December 23 until further notice, said the education authorities in a press release.

A government decision to increase the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese pound to three (from about two to six U.S. cents) has sparked demonstrations across the country since Wednesday.

In clashes with riot police, six people died in Al Qaddrif and two were killed in Atbara.

Protesters burned tires and branches in the streets and attempted to storm a government building before being rebuffed by security officials.

However, "the peaceful protests swerved off track and transformed by infiltrators into sabotage activity targeting public institutions and properties", he added. The opposition says at least 22 people were killed during the unrest.

Also on Saturday, Sudan's national news agency SUNA reported that Bashir appointed a senior officer from the powerful National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) as governor of Al-Qadarif.

The protest movement has hit around a dozen cities since Wednesday, after the government tripled the price of bread, in a country beset by economic crisis.

However, plans for a march on the palace, first announced by the Sudanese Professionals Associations on Sunday, have gained momentum, coming on the heels of a Sudanese doctors' strike on Monday.

Also on Monday, Sudanese police used tear gas to disperse soccer fans who tried to stage a protest as soon as they exited a match in Khartoum. Demonstrators have demanded that long-time President Omar Bashir step down. Demonstrators now chant slogans calling on Bashir's government to step down.

"The political failures of the government, errors and bad management explain why people are so angry, " he said.

Rights group Amnesty International called on the government to stop firing on protesters and open up a probe into the deaths.

There have also been reports of limited access to social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

Al Thani according to the Qatar's state news agency QNA expressed his support for Sudan following days of anti-government protests.

The Sudanese authorities detained 14 leaders of an opposition coalition on Saturday, a spokesman for the group said.

Sudan's economy has struggled for most of Bashir's long rule, which has failed to unite or keep the peace in the religiously and ethnically diverse nation, losing three quarters of the country's oil wealth when the mainly animist and Christian south seceded in 2011 after a long and ruinous civil war against the mainly Muslim and Arabized north. Protesters also gathered in several eastern neighborhoods of Khartoum and in the southern city of Madani, witnesses said. Lawmakers loyal to him are already campaigning to rally support for constitutional amendments that would allow him to run in the 2020 election.

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