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Violent demonstration against coronavirus measures in Sudan’s Northern State

April 22 - 2020 DELGO
Buildings torched by demonstrators in El Mahas district, Delgo, Northern State, yesterday (RD correspondent)
Buildings torched by demonstrators in El Mahas district, Delgo, Northern State, yesterday (RD correspondent)

The decision of the authorities to close the market and restrict the movement of people in El Mahas district in Delgo in Northern State in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus led to violent demonstrations yesterday. Miners and policemen were injured.

Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the demonstrators set fire to the Delgo locality offices, the Zakat (Muslim alms) Chamber, the police station, and the office of the Sudanese Mining Company in Delgo.

The police intervened and fired live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators, which led to various injuries.

The governor of Northern State, Maj Gen Mohamed El Hasan, said that the demonstrators wounded two members of the police.

The Northern State Security Committee said in a statement that some of the 50,000 miners demonstrated against the closure of the mining markets in Okasha in Halfa locality, and the Delgo market.

The committee called for the need to understand the circumstances that called for the closing of the markets, and ordered that restaurants should be opened and services continue for the miners in those areas.

People looking at the fires that the demonstrators caused in Delgo,
Northern State, yesterday (RD correspondent)


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