Sudan: Three Killed As Security Forces Attack Thousands of Anti-coup Protesters
By Staff, Agencies
At least three people were shot dead after Sudan’s security forces attacked thousands of anti-coup protesters with tear gas in the African country’s major cities, including capital Khartoum and Omdurman.
Thousands of protesters filled the streets of the two major cities Thursday to express their strong dissent against the ruling military junta, demanding a transition to civilian rule.
While groups of protesters set fire to tires, others sang, beat drums, and held up posters of some of the dozens who have lost their lives in protests since the October 25 coup. Protesters in Khartoum also shouted defiant slogans against the military junta.
In a statement, the independent Central Committee of Doctors in Sudan said that at least two protesters lost their lives, the first of whom died after suffering “a shot to head by the putschist forces as he took part in the demonstrations” in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.
"A second martyr, yet to be identified, died after he was hit by a live bullet to the pelvis by the putchist forces, the committee said, adding, "A third protester, yet to be identified, died after he was hit by live bullets to the chest ... in North Kharotum."
The latest killing brings the death toll from the crackdown on anti-coup protesters to 60, the medics added.
“We will not stop until we get our country back,” shouted one protester.
More than two years ago, massive anti-government demonstrations hit Sudan, mostly over economy. The protesters, youths for a large part, demanded the resignation of then President Omar al-Bashir.
Bashir was ultimately deposed through a military coup in April 2019, after ruling over the country for three decades. In August the same year, a transitional civilian-military administration was founded to run the country.
However, Sudan's military chief and de facto leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan staged a coup on October 25 and dissolved the fragile government.
Abdalla Hamdok, the then-prime minister, was detained and put under house arrest in a move that infuriated the Sudanese and sparked international outcry, including from the UN Security Council. Other civilian leaders were also held in military detention.
Hamdok was later released and on November 21 signed a power sharing deal with the Burhan-led junta, according to which the former would continue his career as prime minister, all political prisoners detained during the coup would be released, and a 2019 constitutional declaration would be the basis for a political transition. According to the deal, July 2023 has been set as the date for Sudan's first free elections since 1986.
Protest rallies against the coup have continued even after the reinstatement of Hamdok, with demonstrators demanding no military involvement at all in government.
On Sunday, Hamdok resigned, leaving the military fully in charge. He said Sudan was at a “dangerous crossroads threatening its very survival.”