May 17, 2022, 5:18 am
International Desk /
Hundreds of thousands of people across Sudan have joined anti-coup protests, demanding the restoration of a civilian-led government.
A committee of the country’s doctors said two people had been shot dead by military forces during Saturday’s protests.
An eyewitness told Reuters news agency that security forces fired tear gas and opened fire in an attempt to disperse a large crowd in the capital, Khartoum, as they discussed the possibility of a sit-in.
The Sudanese Central Committee of Physicians said two protesters were shot dead by troops during a protest in the Khartoum town of Omdurman. Another 38 people were injured, some of them by gunfire.
An eyewitness in Omdurman said they heard gunshots and then saw bloodied people coming from the direction of the parliament building.
Reuters tried unsuccessfully to contact a Sudanese military official for comment immediately after news of the death came from one of the country’s largest protests.
Protesters carrying Sudanese flags marched through various parts of Khartoum, chanting “Military rule cannot be praised”, “This country is ours, our government is civilian.”
People also took to the streets in the central, eastern, northern and western cities of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Khartoum, according to a Reuters eyewitness.
Protesters Haitham Mohammed said the people had given them the message that it was impossible to retreat and that power belonged to the people.
Military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan took control of Sudan on Monday, ousting Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdak’s cabinet. Since then, today’s protest has been the biggest challenge for him.
Western nations have condemned the use of force by the military and suspended millions of dollars in aid to Sudan.
The country’s civilian-appointed cabinet members issued a statement in support of the protest.
“The military will not find free Sudanese or truly democratic revolutionary forces as their partners in power,” they said in a statement.
In central Khartoum on Saturday, the military deployed members of several armed forces and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.
The security forces took up positions on the roads leading to the Ministry of Defense complex and the airport and closed them.
At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in the past week.
On Saturday night, protesters blocked the road by throwing stones, bricks, tree branches and plastic pipes in an attempt to prevent security forces from entering a residential area in Khartoum.