Dozens of protesters hold the streets in Khartoum’s northern districts a day after at least 15 were killed by security forces at ongoing protests against last month’s military takeover.
Sudanese security forces have fired teargas at anti-coup protesters who had stayed on the streets of northern Khartoum a day after 15 people were killed.
Dozens of demonstrators on Thursday manned makeshift barricades built the previous day in the capital’s northern districts in protest against last month’s widely condemned military takeover.
Thousands took to the streets on Wednesday in Khartoum and other cities but were met by the deadliest crackdown since the coup.
At least 15 people, mostly from northern Khartoum, were killed on Wednesday alone, according to medics, raising the death toll of protesters to 39 in recent weeks.
Wednesday’s demonstrations were organised despite a near-total shutdown of internet services and disruption of telephone lines across Sudan.
By Thursday morning, phone lines had been restored but internet services remained largely cut.
Security forces were seen removing makeshift barricades of bricks and rocks from some streets in eastern and northern Khartoum, according to media reports.
Bridges connecting the capital with its neighbouring cities reopened and traffic again flowed through many streets in Khartoum.
“We condemn violence towards peaceful protestors and call for the respect and protection of human rights in Sudan,” said the US State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs on Twitter.
Top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan – Sudan’s de facto leader since the April 2019 ouster of president Omar al-Bashir – detained the civilian leadership and declared a state of emergency on October 25.
The move upended Sudan’s fragile transition to full civilian rule, drawing wide international condemnation and a flurry of punitive measures and aid cuts.
Burhan insists the military’s move “was not a coup” but a step to “rectify the course of the transition” to civilian rule.
Source: TRT World