Anti-Government protesters set ruling party’s office on fire.
Catastrophy hits the Atbara some kilometres north of the Khartoum, Sudan, as protesters set fire to the ruling party’s offices as part of a series of demonstrations against rising bread prices and shortages of fuel.
Over 150 protesters shut down the main street in Khartoum and chanted, “The people want the fall of the regime.”
Images have been circulating on social media, showing the ruling National Conference Party’s offices in Atbara, being set on fire, while others were scattered across the streets. it reported that a university student was killed when the protests spread from Atbara city to al-Qadarif.
A decision to reduce bread subsidies this year sparked rare nationwide protests in Sudan after bread prices doubled. But Sudan increased flour subsidies by 40 per cent in November. Sudan’s annual inflation edged up to 68.93 per cent in November from 68.44 per cent in October.
A state of emergency had been declared in Atbara and curfew imposed from 6 pm local time to 6 am.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Motazz Moussa said inflation for the full year 2018 was expected to be 63 per cent. Severe shortages of fuel and bread, both subsidised by the government, have forced people in the capital and other cities to queue at bakeries and petrol stations.
Earlier on Wednesday, Moussa said Sudan’s 2019 budget included 66 billion Sudanese pounds ($1.39 billion) in subsidies, 53 billion of which is for fuel and bread