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Students in Port Sudan protest hard living conditions
Students of the University of the Red Sea have demonstrated against rising prices of consumer commodity. Police dispersed the demonstration, leaving three people detained.
Students of the University in Port Sudan, backed by citizens in the State capital, on Thursday organized speech gatherings in the main building of the university and in the market, with hundreds of students waving placards and chanting slogans calling for the overthrow of the regime.
An eyewitness told Radio Dabanga that riot police dispersed the demonstration and arrested three students. The market and university campus remained heavily cordoned off by the security and police forces.
The National Umma Party issued statement calling on the Sudanese people within and abroad to continue resisting economic policies with demonstrations and vigils.
Security forces have detained the Secretary General of the Umma Party, Ms Sara Nugdalla, from her home in Omdurman further fueling protests in the city. Other leaders from the Umma and Communist Parties such as Mohamed Mukhtar Al Khatib, Mohamed Abdalla Adoma and Ibrahim Al Amin also among those arrested. Tens of other people including activists, journalists, students and women were also detained because of joining the peaceful demonstrations.
Earlier this month, a wave of protest erupted over rising inflation rate, skyrocketing prices of consumer commodities and declining rate of the Sudanese pound against the dollar after the new budget was adopted.
Interfering with peaceful assemblies which are considered a form of peaceful expression of opinions is violation of human rights provided for in the constitution and human rights instruments to which Sudan is a party. Recognition of such right and responsible exercising of the same by all parties would provide common ground for positive engagement to address all problems in a peaceful manner.