Sudanese security forces have killed a protester in the capital, Khartoum, during a demonstration calling for civilian rule, almost three months after a military coup, medics said.
The protester, who has not yet been identified, was “directly hit by a live bullet in the chest”, the Central Committee of Doctors in Sudan said on Monday.
The latest deaths have led to 74 protesters killed in crackdowns on anti-coup demonstrations, medics said.
Sudanese security forces also fired tear gas, stunning grenades and water cannons spraying red water at protesters on Monday as they tried to march on Khartoum’s presidential palace.
In the capital’s twin city of Omdurman, Reuters reported an increased security presence and tear gas fired on a main road.
The protests were convened by neighboring resistance committees, which take a “no legitimacy, no negotiation, no partnership” stance on the military.
Similar protests, along with barricades in the capital and a general strike last week, continued after the military took power on October 25th, ending partnerships with civic political parties after longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019.
About 74 protesters were killed and more than 2,000 were injured in the crackdown, according to medics linked to the protest, mainly through gunfire and tear gas.
One commission reported the arrest of at least four members, and another said its headquarters had been searched.
There were also large protests in the town of Wad Madani on Monday, where witnesses said protesters marched to the home of a protester killed Friday before heading to the state government building.
“No, not military rule” and “civilian” [rule] is the people’s choice, “protesters in Wad Madani shouted, witness Emad Mohammed told AFP.
Political parties are “divided”
Social media users shared photos of other protests in the cities of El Fasher, Shandy and Elobayd.
Last week, the United States condemned the use of force against protesters, saying it would consider additional measures to hold perpetrators accountable.
Sudanese authorities have repeatedly denied using ammunition against protesters, insisting that dozens of security officials were injured during protests.
Military leaders said the right to peaceful protest was protected and ordered an investigation into the bloodshed. The violence deepened a dead end between pro-democracy groups and the military leadership.
Al Jazeera’s Khartoum-based Morgan said that after Sudan’s takeover, Sudan’s policies were in disarray.
“Political parties are divided, some have shown support for the takeover, saying it is necessary, while others have condemned it, saying its military has violated the democratic transition. [to elections] it was ongoing, “Morgan said.
But despite the use of force by security officials, people “continue to express their anger against the takeover,” Morgan said.
“They say they will not stop until the military hands over power to a full civilian government and returns to the barracks,” she added.
On Sunday, the key Uma party in Sudan vowed to “remove all traces of the coup”.
However, he warned that “the coup leadership” will persist in its brutality and invent new ways to carry out violent massacres and launch mass arrests of revolutionaries. “
Hundreds of pro-democracy activists have been arrested in the crackdown on coup activists.
Leading women’s rights activist Amira Osman was arrested on Saturday after an attack on her home in Khartoum, according to a statement from the No to Oppression of Women initiative she leads.
UN special envoy Walker Partes criticized Osman’s arrest, saying “the arrest and model of violence against women’s rights activists seriously risks reducing their political participation.”
Other Resistance Committee activists, informal groups that played an important role in organizing protests against the coup, were also arrested late Sunday, according to members who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
As protests raged, military leader Abdelfatah al-Burhan appointed deputy ministers in a caretaker government that approved this year’s budget.
On Monday, Abdelgani Alnaim, al-Bashir’s former deputy foreign minister, confirmed that he and more than 100 other diplomats and administrators who had been fired as part of an anti-corruption task force had been reinstated by a judge.
“It’s a positive step,” he said.