At least five killed in military crackdown against anti-coup protesters in Sudan

At least five killed in military crackdown against anti-coup protesters in Sudan

At least five people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday, when army chiefs in Sudan cracked down on mass rallies protesting against last month’s military coup.

AFP reported that security forces closed bridges on Saturday between central Khartoum and its twin cities of Omdurman and Khartoum North, laying down barbed wire to block access. Roads to strategic sites were also shut.

The mliltary reportedly fired tear gas and even live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the tens of thousands of people who had taken to the streets in the capital of Khartoum and other cities, according to the Sudan Central Medical Committee.

The demonstrations come two days after military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan formed a new ruling council that completely excludes the civilian coalition the military had been sharing power with since 2019.

Sudanese pro-democracy groups condemned the move and vowed to continue their campaign of civil disobedience and protests against the October 25 coup.

Activists had called on Sudanese to demonstrate heavily and demand a restoration of power to a civilian government.

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