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Detentions continue in Port Sudan amid water protests

June 21 - 2018 PORT SUDAN
Protests in Red Sea State this week (RD)
Protests in Red Sea State this week (RD)

Sudan’s Red Sea state security apparatus has continued its campaign to arrest activists against the backdrop of a surge in protests against drinking water crisis for more than a week.

On Tuesday afternoon political activist and secretary-general of the Civil Forces, El Mahi Hashim was held at the market of Deim Medina in Port Sudan.

Activists told Radio Dabanga that the authorities continued to detain a number of other activists and citizens for days, including activist Ayman Mohamed from El Sawra district in Port Sudan.

Journalist Osman Hashim told Radio Dabanga that the drinking water crisis is still ongoing in all districts of the city,

He pointed out that the price of a joz of water has not fallen below SDG 20 (*$0.70), although not available, despite statements by officials of the arrival of water pumps. He said the need for drinking water is increasing as the temperature is rising.

He attributed the cessation of protests to the extensive security crackdown and the suppression of demonstrators by excessive violence.

He explained that the crisis has extended to Sinkat and Suakin.

As reported by Radio Dabanga yesterday, several activists are still in detention by security forces in the Red Sea state against the backdrop of demonstrations in protest against the lack of drinking water that have lasted for more than a week. In addition, the security services stormed the headquarters of the Sudanese Congress Party on Monday evening.

* Based on the indicative US Dollar rate quoted by the Central Bank of Sudan

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