Sudan scholar killed over bread price increases



from RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) SUDANESE police and security forced have allegedly shot dead a secondary school student and injured several others during a brutal dispersal of scholars protesting against the increase of bread prices.

Hundreds of students this week organised the procession in Geneina, West Darfur State when the forces intervened.

They reportedly fired live ammunition into the crowd during the march to the office of the state governor, Khalil Abdalla Mohamed

A male student, Alzubair Ahmed Alsukairan (aged 19) was shot in the chest and died on the spot while seven aged between 15 and 16 sustained gunshot wounds and have been hopistalised.

The protests came after the government of President Omar al-Bashir increased the import dollar rate from 6,7 Sudanese pounds (R12) to £18.

As a result of this, prices on basic commodities rose drastically.

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) condemned the deadly clampdown by uniformed forces.

It called on those responsible for killing and injuring students to be held to account.

“Sudan should stop violently suppressing protests and demonstrations and guarantee the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, as provided under Sudanese and international law.”

Over the years, a deteriorating economy has fuelled popular discontent amongst the Sudanese people, leading to a surge in demonstrations.

These demonstrations have been met with excessive use of force by authorities.

In 2013, at least 185 people were killed around the country when government forces shot at anti-austerity protestors.

Al Bashir is wanted at the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity in Darfur.

– CAJ News




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