Protests and riots erupt in Sudan as Bashir unveils austerity plan - Police beatings (my response)
(my response) Sudan's police used tear gas and batons to break up protests in Khartoum on Monday, witnesses said, after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir unveiled tough austerity measures to plug a budget deficit. Sudan has avoided an "Arab spring" but anger is rising over spiraling food prices among a population strained by years of conflict, poverty and US trade sanctions. The Arab-African country has been struggling with economic crisis after losing three-quarters of its oil production, the lifeblood of the economy, when South Sudan seceded a year ago. Protests erupted after news of Bashir's plans to cut the number of civil servants, reduce fuel subsidies and raise taxes on consumer goods, banks and imports. About 250 students staged an anti-government protest in the heart of the capital for a second day, shouting "rise up, rise up", witnesses said. They also shouted slogans protesting against rocketing food prices. Riot police tear gassed and beat students hurling rocks at officers on a large street in front of the main campus of the University of Khartoum, witnesses said. In the suburb Omdurman at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile, policemen beat some 300 student protesters with batons to end the demonstration. In northern Khartoum, around 100 people set tires on fire to block a large street, shouting "Khartoum, rise up", a witness said, and police officers used tear gas to break up the protest. Activists also reported a student protest in Khartoum but no <b>...</b>
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