On Wednesday, hundreds of Sudanese protesters took to the streets across the country, demanding that the government resign over economic reforms supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The protests broke out a day after the International Monetary Fund approved a US$2.5 billion loan and debt relief agreement that would reduce Sudan’s foreign debt by approximately US$50 billion.
The public is increasingly dissatisfied with reforms to cut gasoline and diesel subsidies, and prices have more than doubled.
Dozens of people gathered in Khartoum, burned tires and waved banners that read “Bread for the poor” before being dispersed by police fired tear gas.
In a statement late Wednesday, the Sudanese Ministry of Interior stated that 52 policemen were injured in clashes in various areas of Khartoum.
The security forces also used tear gas against demonstrators who tried to join the protests in the capital Omdurman across the Nile.
In Kassala, eastern Sudan, dozens of people demanded justice for those killed in a demonstration to overthrow strongman President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.
Since August 2019, Sudan has been led by the Transitional Military and Civilian Government.
The government vowed to repair the national economy that has been hit hard by decades of mismanagement, internal conflicts and international sanctions under the leadership of Bashir.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok praised the Sudanese people for their “patience” and “endurance.”
“We are on the right track,” the prime minister said in a televised speech after the International Monetary Fund announced the debt relief agreement.
Wednesday’s demonstration coincided with the anniversary of the military coup that Bashir took office more than 30 years ago.