Khartoum — Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters near the Khartoum presidential residence on Friday. The next day, nine people were reported killed in the largest antimilitarist rally.
A protest group calling for a return to democratic rule said it would organize an unlimited campaign of sit-ins and other peaceful actions in response to death.
Medical officials allied with protesters said nine people were primarily killed in shootings from security forces in Omdurman and Bari, a city adjacent to Khartoum. Sudan’s ruling council and government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Sit-in can develop, but it needs to be strengthened properly,” Arleda Al-Rashid stood with other protesters writing tea and writing the slogan in central Khartoum on Friday. Sometimes I told Reuters.
“People from Omdurman can participate in our sit-ins and also from the surrounding area.”
Video posted on social media showed protests at Omdurman in Bari and Madani southeast of Khartoum on Friday afternoon, with sit-ins in Khartoum continuing into the evening.
Thursday’s rally will take place after more than eight months of demonstrations against military leaders who couped last October, with power sharing agreed upon following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019. The arrangement has been completed.
Khartoum police said in a statement that they were arrested Thursday after protesters equipped with tear gas and water cannons and equipped with stones and metal rods opposed their position.
Dozens of security forces were injured, some of whom were seriously injured, the statement said. Another statement from the Interior Ministry said there would be an investigation into the protester’s case shown in an unidentified social media video allegedly shot on the street when armed security forces advanced.
Police dealing with protesters rather than security sites did not intend to carry firearms, it said.
Another protester who was beaten during a demonstration in the capital a week ago died injured on Friday, a medical group that is the central committee of Dr. Sudan, with 113 deaths since the coup. Said that he reached a person.
Michelle Bachelet, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement that at least 335 protesters were arrested across Sudan, including at least 39 women and “a significant number of children.”
The military-led government has not released its own estimates of arrests or deaths.
The United Nations, the African Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which are trying to mediate, said Thursday that they accused security forces of using excessive force under the strongest possible conditions.
“We again urge authorities to take all necessary steps to stop violence, stop arbitrary arrests and detentions, and respect the right to freedom of speech and assembly,” the joint statement read.
By El Tayeb Siddig