Demonstrator numbers were down in Sudan’s major cities this week, but the resentment and anger towards the government has only continued to grow; prompting warnings of an imminent retaliation effort by Sudanese rebel groups.

Violent clashes broke out between protestors and government forces in a number of cities across Sudan late last month. This followed Khartoum’s decision to remove subsidies on oil products and a range of other basic commodities: a move Sudan’s Finance Minister said would “significantly contribute to improving the performance” of an economy still reeling from the loss of 75% of its former oil production to South Sudan when it seceded in July 2011. (CONTINUED - 287 WORDS)