Sudanese Government: Deaths sustained protests accrued to 24

The death toll since the start of the protests in December last year in Sudan has risen to 24, says the head of the Sudanese government's investigation committee, Amer Ibrahim, on Saturday.


The death toll since the start of the protests in December last year in Sudan has risen to 24, says the head of the Sudanese government's investigation committee, Amer Ibrahim, on Saturday.

The protests in the African country started on 19 December due to poverty, inflation and price increases on bread and fuel, but have since become general demonstrations against the government of President Omar al-Bashir.

According to Amnesty International, at least forty deaths occurred and more than a thousand people were injured by the violent behavior of the security forces in the protests.

On Thursday, the military would even have opened fire on wounded demonstrators in a hospital in the capital Khartoum. The Sudanese authorities have announced that they will initiate an investigation into the incident.

Inflation is around 70 percent

Since the separation of South Sudan in 2011, the economy in Sudan is bad. The African country is dependent on oil, two thirds of the reserves in South Sudan. Because a civil war is fought there, the stocks of Sudan do not reach as agreed.

In addition, the government devalued the Sudanese pound three times this year, so that inflation is currently around 70 percent.

75-year-old Al-Bashir came to power almost thirty years ago through a military coup. He is being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. In this region in the west of Sudan, armed conflict has been fought by the government and rebel groups since 2003.

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REF: https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/5680646/soedanese-regering-dodental-aanhoudende-protesten-opgelopen-24.html