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Thousands of Sudanese protesters bravely confront tear gas at a democratic rally

Guards “fired a tear gas volley” at demonstrators heading to Khartoum’s presidential residence, injuring several.

Demonstrators gathered in central Khartoum a few days before the visit of US diplomats to meet with democratic activists, citizens, the military and politicians. (AP)

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas on protesters against last year’s military coup before US diplomats visited to strengthen support for a civilian-led transition.

On Monday, demonstrators with the Sudanese flag gathered in the central and southern city of Wad Madani in Khartoum.

According to the AFP News Agency, numerous guards fired tear gas volleys at Khartoum protesters heading to the Prime Minister’s Office.

According to AFP correspondents, some were suffering from dyspnea and others were seen bleeding due to wounds from a tear gas container.

Sawsan Salah, from the capital’s twin city of Omdurman, said protesters had burned car tires and had pictures of people killed in other demonstrations since the coup on October 25.

At Wad Madani, “about 2,000 people went out on the streets to seek control of civilians,” said witness Emmad Mohammed.

Since the coup led by military general Abdel Fatta Albahan, protesters (sometimes tens of thousands) have regularly appeared on the streets, despite deadly security crackdowns and regular interruptions in communications.

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Diplomatic push

The latest rally is expected to send a message of “justice” to the Sudanese in Khartoum this week by US envoy to the Horn of Africa, David Sutterfield, and Deputy Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Fee. Sometimes came.

And last week, the United Nations announced that it would begin talks involving political, military and social stakeholders to help resolve the crisis.

Sudan’s military takeover has sparked widespread international criticism and has upset a fragile transition to civilian rule following the expulsion of President Omar al-Bashir, a long-standing dictatorship in April 2019.

On Thursday, Sudanese officials said protesters had stabbed and killed a police general. This is the first dead in security forces.

Authorities repeatedly denied the use of live ammunition in confronting demonstrators, often claiming that numerous guards were injured during “out of peace” protests.

However, the crackdown has killed at least 64 people and injured hundreds so far, according to an independent medic group.

Earlier this month, Sudanese civilian prime minister Abdullah Hamdock resigned, stating that the country is now “at a dangerous crossroads that threaten its survival.”

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Source: AFP

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