A new protest against rising food prices has been scattered for the second day in a row Wednesday in Sudan, where the authorities have proceeded in the morning to the interpellation of the secretary general of the Communist Party, according to this training.
The recent doubling of the price of bread, following the government’s decision to entrust cereal imports to the private sector, has sparked widespread dissatisfaction among the population, and protests have been held since the beginning of the month.
Wednesday afternoon, some 200 people demonstrated again in Omdurman, a neighboring city of Khartoum, at the call of the main opposition party, Umma. “No to hunger! No to high prices! “, Chanted the demonstrators, found an AFP journalist.
The riot police used tear gas.
The day before, hundreds of demonstrators had been dispersed under the same conditions, after gathering near the presidential palace in Khartoum, at the call of the Communist Party this time.
Following the rally, the most important since the beginning of the crisis, agents of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested the secretary general of the PC, Mokhtar al-Khatib, on Wednesday. party spokesman, Ali Said.
“This morning, at 3:00 am (0100 GMT), two trucks filled with NISS gunmen went to Mokhtar al-Khatib’s home and took him to an unknown location,” Saïd told reporters. AFP. “We do not know where he is, but we know it was the NISS who took him. ”
Several senior Communist Party leaders, student leaders and activists have been arrested since the start of the protest movement.
The PC, which is one of the oldest formations in the Arab world, has assured that its members will continue to mobilize and organize demonstrations.
Last week, the EU urged Sudan to allow the protests against soaring prices, ensuring close monitoring of social unrest and arrests of politicians.
On January 7, a student was killed during a demonstration in the western region of Darfur.