Sudanese protesters rallied again in Khartoum on Friday and drew tear gas from security forces, a day after a mass demonstration involving tens of thousands was hit with the deadliest violence yet this year in Omdurman, the capital’s twin city.
Hundreds of activists gathered near the presidential palace in the capital after Thursday’s protests against army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s military rule since last October’s coup killed at least nine people
< Nine protesters died and several others were injured in Omdurman, the city west of Khartoum across the Nile, as renewed violence shook the capital and Sudanese cities on Thursday. One protester died of wounds on Friday, bringing the death toll from protest-related violence to 113 since the coup.
On Thursday, protests began outside the Republican Palace in central Khartoum. Police responded with a heavy hand when authorities shut down the internet in certain parts of the country.
The protesters are calling for the restoration of the transition to civilian rule that began shortly after the ouster of veteran President Omar al in 2019 became -Bashir, but has since been derailed.
The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors described the dead as “martyrs of law and truth”.
June 30 is significant in Sudan . During his reign, al-Bashir’s government commemorates the day he took power after overthrowing the late Prime Minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi in 1989.
It also marked the anniversary of 2019 protests demanding that the generals who toppled Bashir in a palace coup in April of that year cede power to civilians. In 2019, some six weeks after al-Bashir was ousted in April, the political situation deteriorated after the agreement between the military and the Coalition for Freedom and Change (a pro-democracy civilian movement that helped oust al-Bashir ) collapsed /p>
Protests and sit-ins in front of the army headquarters were brutally repressed, resulting in the deaths of over 100 people on June 3, 2019 in what has been dubbed the Khartoum Massacre. Sudanese held a mass protest on June 30.
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These protests led to the formation of the civilian-military transitional government that was overthrown in last October’s coup.
On Thursday, June 30, 2022, tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters gathered in more than 30 cities to protest the delay of the transition to civilian rule.
People held demonstrations in their neighborhoods ahead of Thursday’s protests. On Wednesday, medical sources said that “security forces shot and killed a child during protests in northern Khartoum”.
The recent crackdown has defied calls for calm from the international community.
“Tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the streets… to demand democracy. We support their efforts,” the US State Department’s Office for African Affairs said on Twitter.
“We strongly condemn the use of live fire by security forces against civilians. We offer our condolences to those who have lost family members.”
The “violence must come to an end,” demanded UN Special Envoy Volker Perthes.
The British Embassy in Khartoum said it was “appalled” by Thursday’s killings and called for an investigation.
“Impunity and killings must stop,” it said.
Sudanese police accused the protesters of: 96 police officers and 129 military officers injured, “some critically”, on Thursday, as well as damage to vehicles and the start of fires.