Heavy crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Sudan

Heavy crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Sudan

Sudanese youths confront security forces amidst tear gas fired by them to disperse protesters in the capital Khartoum, on October 27, 2021, amid ongoing demonstrations against a military takeover that has sparked widespread international condemnation. - Security forces today made sweeping arrests of protesters who kept up demonstrations in the capital and other cities against this week's military coup, while the international community ramped up punitive measures. (Photo by AFP)

Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters who gathered outside the presidential palace in Khartoum.

Thousands rallied across Sudan on Tuesday, chanting slogans against the military leadership that had led the October 25 coup that derailed a possible transition to civilian rule.

Protest came two days after Sudan’s civilian prime minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned.

Images posted online show led young protesters singing, beating drums and waving Sudanese flags.

There were similar demonstrations in other cities, including the eastern city of Port Sudan.

Ahead of the protests, authorities closed major roads and streets in Khartoum and Omdurman, according to activists, tactics that were employed two months ago to prevent demonstrators from reaching government buildings.

Since the coup, nearly 60 protesters have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a heavy security crackdown, according to a Sudanese medical group.

Sources: News Agencies