State of instability in Sudan after the procedures of 25 October, demonstrations here and there have paralyzed the movement in the capital Khartoum, to the point that not a day goes by without a procession or a stop of protest, which obviously affected the buying and selling movement on the markets.
stagnation on the markets
When the resistance committees announce a demonstration, the Sudanese security authorities take a series of safety precautions, the most important of which is the closure of the bridges connecting the three cities of the capital, which leads to the isolation of the residents of those cities. each in its own city. Shops near the demonstration areas are closed for fear of security breaches that could accompany demonstrators from sabotage groups.
“Seddik Ali”, who lives in Omdurman and works in the industrial area of Khartoum, has made no secret of his support for the Sudanese movement from the outbreak of its first spark until the fall of the Al-Bashir government, but at the same time he sees that the demonstration it causes protesters to lose sympathy and popular support on a daily basis, as some work for their livelihood.
As for purchasing power, he said it dropped by more than 50%. Protests in almost daily in the capital prevented companies and shopkeepers from the states from coming to the capital and preferred to shop within their state despite large price differences. Siddiq added that the protest process in eastern Sudan has recently had a significant impact and has led to a doubling of shipping prices. in Sudan, which was reflected in the goods and their prices increased in meaningfully. All these reasons have made traders in an unenviable position, high commodity prices and a sharp decrease in purchasing power, this did not prevent a friend from continuing to support the protesters who, on a personal level, considered it a sacrifice no less than the sacrifices of revolutionaries and ground revolutionaries.
Explore Arabic. We have the views of some citizens of the Sudanese highway: many supported the protests, despite the paralysis of public life and the restriction of people’s movements, considering this as the main objective, which is to convey the voice of their refusal to the decision-making centers of the state and their ability to influence the shape of life.
While a number of Sudanese disagree with this idea and have argued that the demonstration and protest must be civil and take into account all classes of society, including the working, low-income and seeking classes. their sustenance day after day.
In the central area of Khartoum, the movement of citizens seems almost non-existent on the day of the millionth, the security authorities impose a security cordon to prevent demonstrators from reaching the sovereign sites, most of which are stationed in this area, closing the bridges prevents residents of Bahri, Omdurman and East Nile from working merchants in this area to reach places Their work, even if a bridge remains open and they manage to reach it, the security authorities prevent them and close the shops hours before the start of the event.
The Gold Building complex, which is the largest complex for the sale of gold in Sudan, it is completely closed, the traders do not go to work for fear of slipping and the police forces protect and put in security the complex.
The effects of the demonstration also included stores that sold technological devices such as computer and telephones. In the Emirates Building complex in central Khartoum (the largest complex in computer from Khartoum), Salah Obaid (shop owner) told Al Arabiya. He explained their suffering with the continuous closing of bridges and the interruption of the communication network, saying: “After the vacation was a whole day, it became six days and the work in one day, often. “He added that even after the bridges have been opened, citizens are frightened and do not leave their homes.
This situation caused many of the employees of the complex to relocate in other camps or preferred to emigrate out of Sudan.
The weakest segment of street vendors, forced to work daily, even by the millions, suffer greatly, some of them reported to Al-Arabiya.net that the security authorities do not distinguish between protester, seller, and an ordinary citizen.
Auto markets have also found their share of influence: Citizens’ reluctance to buy has led to near-complete paralysis of the market, and some dealers told Al Arabiya.net: “In the past, people saved money by owning cars, but in light of the current situation, everyone thinks about how to live and there is no surplus of money. From the origin.” This terrible recession that hit the auto market has led to a drop in prices to attract people and move the market.
In light of a proposed UN initiative that has received international support while diverging internally on the matter, some analysts believe that dialogue is the via exit and that it is the only way to cause a combustion that leads to the return of life in Sudan to what it was before the procedures of 25 October, and revives the spirit again in the markets.
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