Sudan’s Junta cracks down on anti-coup protesters
Sudanese military junta has continued its brutal crackdown on protesters in the capital Khartoum and other parts of the restive country.
In the latest incident, security forces injured several people during Saturday’s protests demanding full civilian rule in Sudan, according to local medics on Sunday.
Thousands took to the streets in the capital Khartoum and several Sudanese cities on Saturday to demand the handover of power to civilians.
Demonstrators attempted to stage a sit-in near the presidential palace in Khartoum, but Sudanese security forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the rallies.
In a brief statement, the independent Central Doctors Committee said 178 protesters were injured during the protests, including eight by live ammunition.
“Three injured protesters were in unstable condition,” the statement said, without giving any further details.
There was no comment from the Sudanese authorities on the statement.
Khartoum's state governor warned that security forces "will deal with those who break the law and create chaos." He said "approaching or attacking buildings of strategic sovereignty is punishable by law."
Sudan has been in turmoil since Oct. 25 when the Sudanese military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's transitional government and declared a state of emergency.
Hamdok, however, was reinstated on Nov. 21 under an agreement with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Sudanese army chief, in a move rejected by Sudanese political and civil forces as an “attempt to legitimize the coup."
Hamdok has so far defended the deal, saying he partnered with the military in an attempt to “stop the bloodshed” that resulted from crackdown on anti-coup street protests.
Before the military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023 as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces of Freedom and Change coalition.