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Sudanese forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters, 7 killed Nation World News

Cairo ( Associated Press) – Sudanese security forces opened fire on protesters on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding nearly 100 others in the nation’s capital in one of the deadliest days since an October military coup.

Earlier on Monday, thousands of people once again flooded the streets of Khartoum and Sudan to condemn the October 25 military takeover that thwarted hopes of a peaceful transition to democracy. The coup comes more than two years after a popular uprising forced the ouster of long-autocratic Omar al-Bashir and his Islamic government in April 2019.

The turmoil has increased after Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok stepped down earlier this month. Hamdok, the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, resigned after his efforts to bridge the gap between the generals and the country’s pro-democracy movement failed.

The death toll in almost daily demonstrations in Khartoum and other cities and towns in Sudan has risen to at least 71 with Monday’s deaths.

Footage circulating online showed protesters, mostly young people, marching through the streets of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman. Protests were also held in Port Sudan, Wad Madani Obaid and the West Darfur region.

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“I am here today to protest the military coup,” said demonstrator Hameed al-Ser. “We hope that our free revolution will reach the democratic civic path.”

Activist Nazim Sirag said seven protesters were killed in firing by security forces to break up several marches in the capital, including in the area around Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also said that many people were injured by bullets.

The Sudan Doctors Committee, which is part of the pro-democracy movement, also reported the deaths and said that around 100 protesters were injured in Khartoum.

The pro-democracy movement condemned Monday’s deadly shootings and called for a two-day civil disobedience campaign on the action of security forces.

Former information minister and Hamdok adviser Faisal Saleh said the killings were “an absolute crime” and urged the international community to act.

“The people of Sudan do not face an arbitrary government or authority, but a criminal gang that kills Sudanese youth in cold blood, and the whole world is watching,” Saleh wrote on Twitter. ”

The United Nations condemns the “use of lethal force against the protesters”, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said later on Monday.

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“Whether in Chatum or elsewhere, people have the right to peacefully protest,” he said.

The death will potentially further complicate UN efforts to get out of the ongoing crisis. The UN mission in Sudan began separate consultations with various Sudanese groups, including the military, earlier this month “for a process capable of securing agreement on the way forward for democratic transformation in Sudan”. The land can be prepared.”

“It is very important that we see an environment that is conducive to ongoing consultations, both in the streets and, of course, inside the rooms,” Dujarric said.

Along with the United Nations, Western governments have also widely condemned the crackdown on the protesters, and held those responsible.

The demonstrations are organized by the Sudanese Professionals Association and resistance committees, which were the backbone of the rebellion against al-Bashir. Both groups rejected talks with the military, insisting that it be entirely up to the civilian government to lead the transition.

Meanwhile, the generals rejected the protesters’ demands, saying that power would only be handed over to an elected government.

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Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.

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