Thousands protest in Sudan against lifting of fuel subsidies
OMDURMAN, Sudan (Reuters) - The Sudanese police fired tear gas to break up anti-government protests in four cities on Tuesday, witnesses said, as public discontent grew over the lifting of fuel subsidies.
More than 1,000 demonstrators inn Khartoum's twin city Omdurman shouted "no, no to price increases", "freedom, freedom"and "the people want to overthrow the regime". Protesters torched an office of the ruling National Congress Party, blocked several main roads and stoned police officers who were firing tear gas volleys into the crowd, witnesses said.
Veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in power since 1989, has avoided the sort of "Arab Spring" uprising that has ousted autocrats in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, but dissent is rising over corruption and a worsening economic crisis.
On Monday, the government almost doubled the price for petrol and cooking gas to try to rein in a ballooning budget deficit. It was the second time in a little over a year that Sudan raised fuel prices that hit the poor hardest.