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10 Apr 2020 | 07:16 AM UTC

Sudan: Anti-government demonstration held in Khartoum despite ban on gatherings April 9 /update 1

Hundreds demonstrate in Khartoum despite ban on gatherings to demand departure of transitional government April 9; further protests possible

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Event

According to media sources, hundreds demonstrated in Khartoum on Thursday, April 9, against the worsening economic situation and to demand the departure of Abdullah Hamdok's transitional government. The protest took place despite a ban on public gatherings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This comes after the implementation of a rise of the price of bread on Wednesday, April 8, to two pounds per loaf from one pound beforehand.

Further demonstrations due to the political and economic situation of the country remain possible in the near future in Khartoum. As a result of the ban on gatherings, clashes with security forces are possible.

Context

Sudan is currently witnessing a fuel and bread crisis that led to an increase in public discontent.

Abdullah Hamdok's government has been criticized for the deterioration of the economic situation and the steady weakening of the Sudanese pound in recent weeks.

Bread shortages, caused by difficulties in raising hard currency to import wheat, triggered four months of mass protests which - with the help of the military - eventually toppled former President Omar al-Bashir on April 2019 after three decades in power.

Advice

Individuals in Khartoum are advised to monitor developments of the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.