At least one person has been killed in protests that have swept across Sudan on Thursday over the rising costs of bread and fuel.
According to Mubarak al-Nur, a member of parliament, the death came in the city of Gadarif, where a state of emergency has been declared due to the protests. A state of emergency has also been declared in Atbara, about 320km north of the capital Khartoum, after protesters set the ruling National Conference Party offices on fire.
Protests also spread to several other cities, including Khartoum and Port Sudan. Residents said that the protests were triggered after bread prices increased from one Sudanese pound to three Sudanese pounds.
Demonstrators are calling for the “overthrow of the regime”, a slogan that was common during the Arab Spring uprisings that swept through the region in 2011. Hatem al-Wassilah, the governor of the Nile River state, said that a curfew will be imposed in Atbara from 6pm local time to 6am.