Su­dan steps up ar­rests to quell fuel price protests

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Su­danese se­cu­rity agents seized an op­po­si­tion party leader from his home early yes­ter­day, the lat­est in a wave of ar­rests aimed at sti­fling protests over fuel price in­creases, his party said. At least nine other op­po­si­tion lead­ers have been de­tained over the past two days as the govern­ment seeks to pre­vent a re­peat of two months of protests in 2013 that re­quired a deadly crack­down to crush.

Su­danese Congress Party leader Omar AlDi­gair was taken from his home in Om­dur­man-the cap­i­tal’s twin city-at 2:00 am (2300 GMT Tues­day), party spokesman Mo­hamed al-Arabi told AFP.

Four other party mem­bers, in­clud­ing deputy leader Khaled Omar, were al­ready in cus­tody. Arabi said se­cu­rity agents also raided the party’s head­quar­ters on Tues­day evening and ar­rested five stu­dent ac­tivists.

The party had joined the Com­mu­nist Party and the Baath Party in call­ing for protests over sub­sidy cuts that trig­gered a 30 per­cent spike in the price of petrol and diesel. Groups of protesters have staged small ral­lies in parts of Khartoum and in the town of Medani south of the cap­i­tal, but they were quickly dis­persed by anti-riot po­lice. — AFP

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