Sudanese Forces Open Fire on Anti-coup Protesters, Killing and Wounding Dozens

At least seven died in what activists describe as one of deadliest days in the capital Khartoum since the October military coup

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Sudanese rally against the October military coup, south of the capital Khartoum, on Monday.
Sudanese rally against the October military coup, south of the capital Khartoum, on Monday.Credit: - - AFP

Sudanese security forces opened fire on protesters Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding around 100 others in the country's capital in one of the deadliest days since an October military coup, activists said.

Earlier Monday, thousands had once again flooded the streets of Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan to denounce the Oct. 25 military takeover that scuttled hopes of a peaceful transition to democracy. The coup came more than two years after a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

The turmoil has been amplified after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok stepped down earlier this month. Hamdok, the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, resigned after his efforts to bridge the gap between the generals and the country’s pro-democracy movement failed.

Monday’s deaths bring to at least 71 the number of people killed in near-daily demonstrations in Khartoum and other cities and towns in Sudan.

A security and defense committee formed under the ruling council commended security services on Monday for their "restraint" and protection of civilians, paying tribute to a police officer killed in protests on Thursday.

It said in a statement that it would establish an anti-terrorism force to counter "potential threats", without elaborating.

Footage circulating online shows protesters, mostly young people, marching in the streets of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman. There were also protests in Port Sudan, Wad Madani Obaid and the western Darfur region.

“I'm here today to resist the military coup," said protester Hamed al-Ser. “We hope our free revolution reaches the democratic civilian path.”

Activist Nazim Sirag said seven protesters were killed when security forces opened fire to break up several marches in the capital, including in the area around the presidential palace. He also said many people were wounded by gunshots.

The Sudan Doctors Committee, which is part of the pro-democracy movement, also reported the deaths and said around 100 protesters were wounded in Khartoum.

Sudanese protester holds a tear gas fired by security forces during a rally near Khartoum, on Monday.Credit: - - AFP

The pro-democracy movement condemned Monday’s deadly shootings and called for a two-day civil disobedience campaign over the security forces' actions.

Faisal Saleh, a former information minister and Hamdok's advisor, said the killings were “a full-fledged crime,” and urged the international community to act.

“The Sudanese people do not face an arbitrary government or authority, but rather a criminal gang that kills the youth of Sudan in cold blood, and the whole world is watching,” Saleh wrote on Twitter.

The fatalities will likely further complicate UN efforts to find a way out of the ongoing crisis. The UN mission in Sudan started holding separate consultations earlier this month with various Sudanese groups, including the military, to “prepare the ground for a process capable of securing agreement ... on the way forward for the democratic transition in Sudan.”

The United Nations and Western governments have widely condemned the crackdown on protesters, and called for those responsible be held accountable.

The demonstrations are called by the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Resistance Committees, which were the backbone of the uprising against al-Bashir. The two groups reject negotiations with the military, insisting it hand over power to a fully civilian government to lead the transition.

The generals, meanwhile, reject the protesters’ demands, saying that power will be handed over only to an elected government.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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