2 dead and 50 wounded in mass demonstrations in Sudan

Yesterday two people were killed and about 50 others were injured in yesterday’s demonstrations in Sudanese cities against the military measures implemented by the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, almost three months ago. Sudanese police forces fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, who carried Sudanese flags and were on their way to the presidential palace in the center of the capital. The gas bombs resulted in choking injuries among protesters, some of whom were injured by gas cylinders. Security forces also used sound bombs and water cannons to force protesters to retreat, which they managed in following.

And the shooting of tear gas by the police has extended to the district of Bahri, north of Khartoum, where thousands of people gathered to participate in the protests. Eyewitnesses reported that some protesters raised images of the late Sudanese singer and composer Mustafa Sayed Ahmed, known for his groundbreaking songs. in coinciding with the 26th anniversary of his death.

In Omdurman, northwest of Khartoum, an eyewitness named Sawsan Salah told AFP: “About 3,000 protesters gathered on 40th Street, carrying flags and images of martyrs, burned old tires and set up barricades to cut the street”. “A thousand demonstrators gathered, shouting for full civilian rule,” said Imad Muhammad, from Madani, the capital of the state of Gezira, 186 km south of Khartoum.

In the city of El-Obeid, the capital of the state of North Kordofan, 350 km west of the capital, Mohamed Hussein told AFP: “About two thousand people are demonstrating in the city center against the military rule.”

The protests arrive in one moment in which was expected to arrive in the capital of a US delegation, led by the American envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, and by the assistant to the US Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly V.