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Sudan Police Fire Tear Gas, Arrest Nine in Protest for Dam Funds

December 20, 2011

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Sudanese police fired tear gas and arrested nine people during a protest in Khartoum, the capital, over a hydroelectric dam, according to a witness.

The demonstrators blocked traffic in parts of the city and chanted slogans calling for compensation for residents displaced by the Merowe Dam, said Qesm Allah Ali Qesm Allah, 27, by phone today. He took part in the protest. Several people were injured, he said.

Police spokesman al-Ser Ahmed Omar said police didn’t use violence and put the number of arrests at seven. He said by phone today those people were immediately released.

The dam, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Khartoum on the Nile river, was completed in 2009 and financed by China, the Arab Fund for Social & Economical Development, the Saudi Fund for Development and other Arab funds.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Vernon Wessels

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Khartoum via Johannesburg at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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