Sudanese journalists went on strike on Thursday (Dec 27) in the wake of deadly protests against a rise in bread prices that the government says have left 19 people dead, including two members of the security forces.
“Nineteen people lost their lives in the incidents including two from security forces” since the protests began on Dec 19, government spokesman Boshara Juma said on state television on Thursday.
Most were killed during “incidents of lootings”, while 219 people were wounded, he said. Nobody has been killed in the capital Khartoum, Juma said.
Sudanese authorities had previously said that eight people have been killed in clashes, while Amnesty International has put the death toll at 37.
The Sudanese Journalists’ Network said it was striking in solidarity with protesters, who have taken to the streets in Khartoum and a host of other cities.