Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at crowds gathering in Khartoum on Saturday to demonstrate against military rule and mark the third anniversary of the killing of scores of protesters.
Crowds blocked a key intersection in the capital and laid out food to break their Ramadan fast. But just before sundown, officials began dispersing the rally and chasing protesters down side streets, a Reuters reporter said.
Postings on social media said people also gathered in the towns of Madani, Kosti and El Obeid, carrying placards with faces of some of the young men killed in 2019.
“We will continue on the path that the martyrs started,” said one of the protesters in Khartoum on Saturday, who asked not to be named.
Protests and unrest have rocked Sudan for months, with mass demonstrations culminating in the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.
On June 3 of the same year, gunmen attacked pro-democracy protesters holding a sit-in outside the military headquarters in the center of the capital, calling on the army to hand over rule to civilians after Bashir’s ouster.
Activist doctors said nearly 130 people were killed in that raid and the violence that followed. Official counts put the death toll at 87.
The military later agreed to share power with civilians, but took power again in a coup in October 2021.
Sudanese police could not be reached for comment on Saturday, the third anniversary of the lunar Islamic sit-in.
The Khartoum State Security Committee called for peaceful protests on Friday and cordoned off the center of Khartoum.
Military leaders have denied responsibility for the 2019 killings. A number of other junior officers are on trial over the deaths.
Since the October coup, many of Bashir’s former allies have been allowed back into the civil service, while others have been released from prison.
“It’s very disappointing that we put so much work into getting them out and they’re starting to come back,” said Hassan, an unemployed 30-year-old protester in another part of Khartoum.
Protesters face tear gas on third anniversary of Sudan’s sit-in killings – SABC News
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