Sudan Protesters gathered again on Friday and security forces fired tear gas, a day after a massacre that drew thousands and the deadliest violence so far this year.
Hundreds of activists came out near the Presidential Palace in the capital Khartoum, after at least nine people were killed during Thursday’s rallies against a military takeover led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last October.
“The people are trying to bring Burhan down,” some protesters and others said, carrying photos of people killed in months of protest-related violence, shouting: “We call retribution!”
The number of deaths from protest-related violence has reached 113 since the coup, and the latest death was reported Friday after a demonstrator died of a wound that occurred at a rally on June 24., according to pro – democracy doctors.
Activists demand a re-establishment of the transition to civilian rule, launched shortly after the overthrow of former 2019 president Omar al-Bashir but which has since been ruled out.
The latest crackdown calls for reassurance from the international community.
“Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets today to demand democracy. We support their aspirations, “the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs said on Twitter.
“We strongly condemn the use of live fire by security forces against civilians. Our condolences go out to those who have lost family members. “
“Violence must end,” UN special representative Volker Perthes demanded.
Sudanese police, meanwhile, accused protesters of wounding 96 police and 129 military officers, “critically”, Thursday, as well as damaging vehicles and starting fires.
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Last year ‘s coup disrupted Sudan’s deepening political and economic turmoil, rising consumer prices and life – threatening food shortages.
It sparked almost weekly protests, as well as ethnic fights.
The United Nations, the African Union and the regional bloc IGAD have tried to facilitate talks between the Generals and the civilians, but the main civilian factions boycotted mediation efforts.
On Friday, the three bodies jointly condemned the violence and “excessive use by security forces and lack of accountability for such actions, despite repeated promises from the authorities”.
The Norwegian ambassador to Sudan criticized reports of “torture, sexual violence and inhuman treatment”.
“We demand lawyers’ access to the custodians and their access to health,” Ambassador Therese Loken Gheziel wrote on Twitter. “Protection from torture is essential”.
Protests erupted on Thursday on the anniversary of the 1989 coup that defeated the last elected civilian government in Sudan and gave Bashir three decades of Islam-backed iron-fisted rule.
It was also a commemoration of the 2019 protests demanding that the generals liberated by Bashir in a palace corporation earlier that year surrender power to civilians.
These protests led to the formation of the civil-military transitional government which was undermined in last year’s coup.
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