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Sudan's poor fight against cuts

Issue No. 2309

Police used batons and tear gas to break up anti-government demonstrations in Sudan’s capital Khartoum last Saturday. Students have been demonstrating for weeks, but last weekend they were joined by sections of the urban poor.

The government is reducing fuel subsidies and imposing other austerity measures. Student leaders say that they will bring down president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has ruled for 23 years. Small protests have now spread across the country.

When Sudan split into two countries, South Sudan got the majority of the oil output. The two countries agreed that oil would be exported through Sudan. But South Sudan shut down oil production after Sudan began confiscating some of its oil exports.

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