Sudanese protestors block main road demanding traffic control
February 24, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Hundreds of young men and women staged demonstrations in East Khartoum on Thursday blocking one of the capital’s main roads for nine hours to protest removing traffic lights and turning the street into a highway.
The residents have attributed recent upsurge in deadly accidents to the changes made to the road. Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that five people were killed yesterday in a car wreck including four women.
One angry demonstrator claimed that 200 people were killed in road accidents over the last few months. The people demanded the presence of Khartoum state governor Abdel-Rahman Al-Khidir to convey their demands rejecting talking to any official below him.
As a result, riot police and plain-clothed security men surrounded the demonstration, the largest yet, which stopped all movement on the capital’s main goods route for most of the working day. However, they were met with stone throwing facing them to retreat.
The force’s commanding officer prevented use of tear gas against the protesters for unknown reasons but Reuters said that this was due to the presence of a full gas tanker in the middle of the protesters.
“Liars, liars,” the protesters shouted at government officials.
Sudan has built numerous highways through the capital but with little enforcement of road laws, traffic is chaotic and there are few pedestrian crossings. Hundreds die on the roads every year.
After the road was blocked for most of the day, government officials brought in trucks to start work on traffic lights after which the gathering voluntarily dispersed.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudanese-protestors-block-main,38102