Sudanese students stone police on third day of bread price protests

Sudan bread shortage

A student was killed and three others injured as they were participating in a demonstration in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan's West Darfur State, in protest against increasing of bread prices, Sudan Tribune reported Sunday.

Also, police on Friday used tear gas and batons cautiously to disperse protesters in the neighbourhoods of Al-Mazad, Shendi Foug, Al-Hilla Al-Jadida and Al-Dibaga in Wad Medani, capital of the Gezira State.

Following the government's decision to eliminate subsidies as part of its fiscal budget for 2018, the price of wheat flour rocketed, leading to bread prices doubling.

"We were protesting today against the rise in bread prices and we call on the government to scrap it", said a protestor in Sennar, about 300 km (185 miles) south of Khartoum.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses in El Geneina said that hundreds of students demonstrated in El Geneina on Sunday in protests against the prices hike.

Flour manufacturers have raised the price of a 50-kilo (110 pounds) sack of wheat flour from 167 to 450 Sudanese pounds ($65, 54 euros), Mohamed al-Saeed, a member of a union, told AFP.

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On Thursday, the opposition called on the Sudanese people to take to streets to protests against the unprecedented rise in the cost of living and commodity price.

Akhbar al-Watan and Al-Midan are mouthpieces of opposition Sudanese Congress Party and the Communist Party, while the other four newspapers are independent journals that often report criticism of the government.

The measures in Sudan have sparked sporadic public protests in the past few years.

Dozens of people were killed in 2013 when security forces crushed large street demonstrations, drawing global condemnation. Authorities also blocked the sale of six daily newspapers carrying critical coverage of the subsidy cut and price rises, editors of the papers told Reuters. Sudan has begun a series of economic reforms in line with International Monetary Fund recommendations to try to bolster the economy, months after a USA decision to lift sanctions raised hopes that badly needed investment may return.

The country devalued its currency, the pound, to 18 per US dollar, more than double its previous peg of 6.7 pounds to the dollar.

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