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Protesters face tear gas shells on 3rd anniversary of sit-in killings in Sudan

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at a crowd gathered in Khartoum on Saturday to rally against military rule and mark the third anniversary of the killing of hundreds of demonstrators.

Crowds jammed a major road junction in the capital and kept food to break their Ramadan fast. But just before sunset, officials began to break up the rally and disperse protesters to side streets, a Reuters reporter said.

Posting on social media said that people had also gathered in the cities of Madani, Kosti and El Obed carrying posters bearing the faces of some youths killed in 2019.

On Saturday, one of the protesters in Khartoum declined to be named, saying, “We will continue to follow the path of the martyrs.”

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Protests and unrest have continued in Sudan since months of mass demonstrations following the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

On 3 June that year, armed men accused pro-democracy protesters, who were protesting outside the military headquarters in the center of the capital, demanding that the military hand over governance to civilians after Bashir’s expulsion.

Activist doctors said that around 130 people were killed in that raid and the violence that followed. Official figures put the death toll at 87.

The military later agreed to share power with civilians but took power again in a coup in October 2021.

According to the Islamic lunar calendar, Sudanese police could not be reached for comment on Saturday, the third anniversary of the sit-in.

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The Khartoum State Security Committee on Friday called for the protests to remain peaceful and the closure of central Khartoum.

Military leaders have denied responsibility for the 2019 killings. Several more junior officers are facing trial over the deaths.

Since the October coup, many of Bashir’s former aides have been allowed to rejoin the civil service, while others have been freed from prison.

“It is very disappointing that we worked so hard to get them out and they are starting to come back,” said Hassan, 30, an unemployed 30-year-old protester in another part of Khartoum.

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