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Sudan’s east witnesses protests over transportation crisis

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January 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Police in the coastal town of Port Sudan used tear gas to disperse protests by angry commuters stranded due to lack of public transportation.

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File - Southern Sudanese men carry their belongings to buses headed to southern Sudan, at a staging area 20 miles south of Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 (AP)

The demonstrators blocked major highways in the city after gathering in the central market and accused bus owners of skipping work during peak hours for unknown reasons.

The police’s intervention resulted in slight injuries among some elderly people, eyewitnesses said. A number of Port Sudan officials flocked to the main bus station to defuse the situation.

The head of Port Sudan’s bus drivers union accused some local MPs of inciting citizens to demonstrate following an increase in transportation fares.

But a member of Port Sudan’s local assembly from Ouhaj locality pushed back saying that the union should have sat down with them before increasing the fares.

Vehicle components and other imported goods have soared in price since Sudan lost the bulk of its foreign exchange earnings when South Sudan separated in July 2011 with roughly 75 percent of the oil produced by formerly-unified Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 31 January 2013 11:44, by Robot

    What does the picture has to do with the article???????????, ST, how many editors do you have???. someone is trying to confuse the situation here, if you can’t obtain the pictures of the protest, why put a picture of South Sudanese returning from North while those protesting were not South Sudanese????. PICTURE SPEAKS WITH WHAT IS WRITTEN, BE MINDFUL.

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    • 31 January 2013 13:01, by Turism

      Dear Robot,
      don’t even try open your mouth with traumatic people who posted anything that is not real, they are always liers who doesn’t know thier lies even a dogs, leave them to put the belove south sudanese citizens as problem.

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      • 31 January 2013 13:22, by william mawien

        Nowadays 75% of the Sudan news is sad
        homosexuality
        looting
        genocidal
        protesting 24/7 across every part of Sudan
        raping black people of darfur blue Nile and south krordifan

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        • 31 January 2013 13:39, by sudani ana

          Now a days 99% of Sudan news are good news:
          Completion of hightening of Rusairis Dam
          Construction of the second gold refinery in Africa
          Inauguration of two new oil wells producing 16.000 bpd of oil.
          Inauguration of the new Khartoum nile promanades (Shari Alnil) making our beloved Khartoum one of the most beautiful cities in Africa.
          Ana Sudani ana

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          • 31 January 2013 19:31, by Panthou

            Sudani Ana!
            Why are you guys demoting your country? What’s the good news you’re talking about here? Shortage of transportation is the good news for you?
            No body will rescue Sudan except for SPLM-N/SS!

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  • 1 February 2013 07:14, by barbayo

    still you will get wost then that,Ali Mahmoud Finance minister said in 2010 if South Sudan seperate, then North Sudan will back to kesara that is main food,look! nowdays ,still still, still you will get worst then that ,

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