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Activist Arrested During the Protests in Port Sudan

Amid the sever water shortage crisis and the following protests throughout different parts of Portsudan, Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services arrested activist Maysoon Ali in a night-time protest in Salalab neighbourhood in the city of Portsudan.

Journalist Ameen Sanada said to Dabanga Radio that protests continued in the Southern, Eastern and Middle neighbourhoods and added that National Intelligence and Security Services arrested activist Maysoon Ali from a protest that took place at night in Salalab neighbourhood and released her 02:00AM with the obligation of returning the next day.

Sanada, within context of the water shortage crisis in Portsudan, assured that the water shortage crisis is still ongoing, and that there is no water in most of the neighbourhoods. He also conveyed to Dabanga Radio that the crisis resulted in the increase the prices of water (…) to 30 pounds; moreover, he mentioned that the Locality issued the new water pricing: the (…) for 4 pounds while one barrel for 15 pounds, yet he eliminated the possibility of the application of said prices due to lack of follow up and supervision as well as the unavailability of water. He also added that authorities provided water tanks in some neighbourhoods, which caused crowds to gather and chaos occurred among people waiting to receive water from the tanks. Furthermore, he added that, on the other hand, Porstudan is witnessing stability in electricity supply throughout the start of the protests.

The Interim Sudanese Constitution, 2005 states in Article 40-1: “The right to peaceful assembly shall be guaranteed; every person shall have the right to freedom of association with others, including the right to form or join political parties, associations and trade or professional unions for the protection of his interests.”

Source: Dabanga