Sudan protesters rally against coup leaders, day after nine killed

UN rights chief urges independent probe of Sudan protest killings
A wounded Sudanese demonstrator follows a protester carrying a pot of food, as people rally in the southern area of the capital Khartoum on July 1, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
KHARTOUM — Sudanese protesters rallied again Friday, drawing tear gas from the security forces a day after a mass demonstration joined by tens of thousands was met with the deadliest violence so far this year.اضافة اعلان

Hundreds of activists massed near the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, after at least nine people were killed during Thursday’s protests against a military takeover led by army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan last October.

The international community has condemned the bloodshed, with the UN’ rights chief urging an independent probe.

“The people want to bring down Burhan,” some protesters chanted while others, carrying photos of people killed in months of protest-related violence, yelled: “We call for retribution!”

“Our protest is spontaneous and in reaction to yesterday’s (Thursday’s) violence,” demonstrator Shawqi Abdelazim told AFP in Khartoum.

The death toll from protest-related violence has reached 113 since last year’s coup, with the latest fatality recorded Friday when a demonstrator died from wounds sustained at a June 24 rally, according to pro-democracy medics.

Protesters set up barricades and set ablaze car tires in North Khartoum, while others tried to march on the presidential palace from the city center, AFP correspondents reported.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters marching towards the palace and several people were injured, an AFP correspondent said.

‘Violence needs to end’
The protesters demand the restoration of the transition to civilian rule that was launched after the 2019 ouster of veteran president Omar Al-Bashir but has since been derailed.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced alarm at Thursday’s violence, in which a minor also died.

“I call on authorities to conduct an independent, transparent, thorough, and impartial investigation into the response by the security forces in accordance with relevant international standards,” she said in a statement.

“Victims, survivors, and their families have a right to truth, justice and reparations,” she added.

The US State Department’s Bureau for African Affairs said that “tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the street ... to demand democracy. We support their aspirations.”

“We condemn in the strongest terms the use of live fire by security forces against civilians. We offer our condolences to those who lost family members,” it added on Twitter.

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

The British embassy in Khartoum said it was “appalled” by Thursday’s killings and also called for a probe.

“Impunity and killing must stop,” it said.

Sudan’s police accused protesters of wounding 96 police and 129 military officers, “some critically”, on Thursday, as well as damaging vehicles and starting fires.

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