Cairo ( Associated Press) – Security forces in Sudan shot dead five people on Thursday during protests against a coup, a medical group said, as thousands protested against the military junta and the immediate transfer of power to civilians. demanded. ,
The Sudanese Doctors’ Committee said on Twitter that four people were killed in police firing on protesters in the twin city of Obdurman in the capital Khartoum.
Across the Nile in Khartoum, a fifth person was shot in the head, said the group, which monitors deaths during the protests. The identities of the five victims were not immediately released.
Also in the capital, police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters trying to reach the Republican Palace, the seat of military power. Videos posted on social media showed thousands of people waving Sudanese flags and running under clouds of tear gas.
Other videos showed protesters with banners “No talks! No affiliations!” – repeating opposition to any power-sharing arrangement with military rulers.
The main pro-democracy groups in the country – the Forces for Declaration of Independence and Change and Resistance Committees – called for a nationwide protest on Thursday to reiterate their demands for the departure of the military government, which came to power in a coup . on 25 October. The coup halted the country’s brief transition to democracy following the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir.
Thursday’s protests coincide with the anniversary of a 2019 mass march that forced the armed forces to negotiate with pro-democracy groups and eventually sign a power-sharing agreement, a transition period until general elections.