1 killed during new anti-coup protests in Sudan

When thousands of Sudanese took to the streets of Khartoum again to condemn a military coup in October, a protester was killed and dozens injured, according to a medical group.

The protester was shot in the head as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters marching in Omdurman, a twin town in the capital Khartoum, the Sudanese Medical Committee said.

Security forces also dispersed protesters marching on the presidential palace in Khartoum, injuring many, the committee said.

There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

Monday’s marches were the latest in almost daily street protests since the military took over on October 25, plunging the country into chaos and removing the civilian-led transitional government.

Since then, at least 83 people have been killed and more than 2,600 injured in a bloody crackdown on protests, according to the medical team.

The takeover has thwarted Sudan’s short-lived transition to democratic rule after three decades of oppression and international isolation under autocratic President Omar al-Bashir.

The African nation has been on a fragile path towards democracy since a popular uprising forced the military to remove al-Bashir and his conservative government in April 2019.

Pro-democracy protesters are calling for the establishment of a fully civilian government to complete the now stalled democratic transition.

However, the generals insist that they will only hand over power to an elected government. They say elections will take place next year.

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