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Arbor Networks: Sudan drops off the Internet

September 2013 by Arbor Networks

(AP) Sudanese security forces on Wednesday fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who demonstrated and torched a police station in northern Khartoum, where at least two people have died in three days of rioting over the lifting of fuel subsidies.

Officials condemned the protests as acts of sabotage, describing them as "premeditated."

Wednesday’s protests took place in several areas of Kadro district, 15 miles from the capital’s city center, where protesters blocked roads using lengths of pipe and burning tires. They also attacked a police station.

The riots that began in the state of Gezira, south of Khartoum, have turned into a call for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for more than two decades. The rioting started after Sudan’s Council of Ministers decided to lift the subsidies, immediately doubling prices of gasoline and fuel.

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