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Published: 0251 GMT July 01, 2022

Tear gas fired as Sudan anti-coup protests flare again

Tear gas fired as Sudan anti-coup protests flare again

Protesters attend a rally against military rule, following the last coup and to commemorate the third anniversary of demonstrations in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 30, 2022.

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Friday at hundreds of protesters who rallied for a second day in a row in the capital against last year's military coup, witnesses said.

Demonstrators massed again near the presidential palace in Khartoum a day after at least nine people were killed during mass rallies against the military takeover led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last October, according to AFP.

"The people want to bring down Burhan," activists chanted while others, carrying photos of people killed in protest-related violence, yelled: "We call for retribution!"

Sudan's police meanwhile accused protesters of wounding 96 police and 129 military officers, "some critically", on Thursday, as well as damaging vehicles and setting fires.

Thursday's crackdown defied calls by the international community urging Sudanese authorities to refrain from violence.

The "violence needs to end," demanded UN special representative Volker Perthes.

US senior diplomat Lucy Tamlyn said she was "deeply concerned" by the reported protester deaths and the "use of live fire by authorities and aggression against medical professionals".

Last year's coup plunged Sudan into deepening turmoil which has seen rising consumer prices and life-threatening food shortages and sparked near-weekly protests as well as ethnic clashes.

The United Nations, African Union and regional bloc IGAD have tried to facilitate talks between the generals and civilians, but they have been boycotted by the main civilian factions.

On Friday, the three bodies jointly condemned the violence and "the use of excessive force by security forces and lack of accountability for such actions, despite repeated commitments by authorities".

The protests Thursday came on the anniversary of a 1989 coup that toppled Sudan's last elected civilian government and ushered in three decades of iron-fisted rule by Omar al-Bashir.









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