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Sudanese take to the streets as gas prices double overnight

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Gas station fuel pumps are toppled during protests over fuel subsidy cuts in Khartoum September 25, 2013

Sudan is another one of those countries where it seems they can't ever catch a break from bad news.

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The latest: Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir cut oil subsidies that the government in Khartoum has long provided to keep gas prices low.  And the cost at the pump doubled overnight.

In the following days, thousands of people have taken to the streets both in the capital of Khartoum and all over Sudan in protest.

Some believe this might be the beginning of a popular uprising, according to Sudanese-American journalist Isma'il Kushkush, who has been reporting from Khartoum.

"What's different about these protests is that it's bringing (out) the average Joe Smith, the average Mohammed Ahmed so to speak. Previous protests were led by activists and the Internet but now this is the average person joining these protests," Kushkush said.

The protests have turned violent. Reuters is reporting more than two dozen protesters have been killed.

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