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Second day of demos over Port Sudan power cuts

June 14 - 2018 PORT SUDAN
Demonstrations continued in parts of the southern districts of Port Sudan for the second day in a row to protest the power outages and lack of water. The rest of the city was quiet after Tuesday’s demonstrations until late in the night in most neighbourhoods.
Demonstrations continued in parts of the southern districts of Port Sudan for the second day in a row to protest the power outages and lack of water. The rest of the city was quiet after Tuesday’s demonstrations until late in the night in most neighbourhoods.

On Wednesday, demonstrations continued in parts of the southern districts of Port Sudan in protest against power cuts and lack of water, while the rest of the city witnessed quiet after Tuesday’s demonstrations until late at night in most districts of the city.

The Governor of the Red Sea state sacked the director of the Water Corporation Naji Izeldin, against the backdrop of demonstrations to absorb the popular anger as the electricity gradually returned to parts of the city.

Journalist Amin Sinada said in an interview with Radio Dabanga that the demonstrations are a sign of the state of congestion experienced by the state because of lack of the simplest services such as water, electricity, liquidity in addition to the hike of prices and the outbreak of fever.

He explained that the demonstrations have been peaceful in which the demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the provision of services and ousting of the regime.

He attributed the limited violence that accompanied the demonstrations of burning of some government buildings and throwing stones at public facilities to the growing popular anger.

He said that the police dealt with the demonstrators in some districts with excessive violence using tear gas and bullets.

Public anger

Abdallah Musa of the civil leadership in eastern Sudan described those demonstrations that erupted in Port Sudan on Tuesday as spontaneous and attributed the state of anger in the state to of the hike of prices and lack of services.

In an interview with Radio Dabanga, Musa described the protests as a dangerous indicator of the deteriorating situation in the country and predicted a similar explosion in the other cities.

He called on the political forces and civil society organisations to accelerate the leadership of the mass activity to guide it in the right direction and protect it from deviation.

He also called on demonstrators to prevent any elements from sabotaging the image of peaceful demonstrations through violence.

He warned the government against the consequences of cracking down on the political forces, which would lead to violence.


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