| 17 April 2024, Wednesday |

Sudan reports one dead,125 injured during protests on Sunday

According to the Ministry of Health, one person was killed and 125 people were injured during Sunday’s protests against military control in Sudan, which were crushed by security forces.

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Sudanese demanded civilian and democratic control, criticizing Burhane’s Oct. 25 coup, which recently strengthened the army’s grip on the country.

Majzoub Mohammed Ahmad, 28, died after being “shot in the chest during the violent repression” of protesters in Khartoum, according to a statement published Monday by a group of pro-democracy medics.

The health ministry, for its part, reported “123 wounded in Khartoum and two others in Kassala”, in the east of the country, in a statement released on Sunday evening.

An AFP journalist saw police throwing tear gas canisters at protesters.

The protesters were taken to hospital after suffocating from inhaling tear gas, the ministry said.

On Monday morning, the security forces blocked several bridges connecting the center of Khartoum to other towns to the west and north of the capital, an AFP journalist noted.

In a statement distributed to journalists, the army spokesman assured that his forces were in favor of a democratic process and “free and fair elections”.

Sunday’s death brings the death toll to 46 since the putsch and the crackdown on supporters of civil power.

The protests took place on the third anniversary of the start of the revolt that led to the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The ensuing democratic transition process was interrupted in October with the coup.

On November 21, General Burhane reinstated civilian Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, whom he had arrested on October 25, but for pro-civilians, Mr. Hamdok is a “traitor” who facilitates the “return to Israel”. old regime”.

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), the spearhead of the revolt, called on the population to continue their mobilization against the military power, planning demonstrations on December 25 and 30.

  • AFP