Sudan police disperse austerity protests

Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:33pm GMT

Late on Wednesday, police used batons to disperse members of the opposition Umma party as they left their headquarters, a witness said.

Sudan's main opposition parties have called for protests against the austerity measures but have not managed to bring large numbers of people on to the streets.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Sudan two weeks ago to launch emergency measures to overcome what it called "daunting" challenges.

The finance minister set out the austerity plans in detail on Wednesday. They include raising some taxes and shrinking the government as well as sensitive cuts in fuel subsidies.

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