Political Opponents Arrested over Bread Price Protests

The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) reported that the government arrested 306 leading figures from the opposition and other members in efforts to eliminate the increased protests and mobilization against the Sudanese Government. In the previous week, Communist and the National Umma Party (NUP) had organized protests to speak against the increased prices of bread. In response to the demonstrations, security services dispersed the peaceful protesters through violent means and detained some political leaders, militants and some journalists who were covering the event. The arrested people included the political leaders, Mohamed Mokhtar al-Khatib who is the Political Secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party and Siddiq Youssef and Siddiqi Kabalo, who are influential members of the Central Committee. According to Ali Saeed, the SCP spokesperson, the National Intelligence in collaboration with the Security Services (NISS) have continued to arrest the leading members of the party.

The motives behind the arrests are to paralyze the movements and the activities of the masses and repress them which is an unfair move. Ali Saeed has termed the arrests as against the law and the constitution especially when the whereabouts and the detaining conditions of the detainees remain unrevealed. Youssef al-Kouda, the head of the Islamic Center Party is among the detainees arrested on January 7 after announcing increased bread prices.

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