Over 10 People Shot Dead in Sudan Anti-Coup Protests

A man holds a Sudanese national flag before flames at a barricade as people protest against the military coup in Sudan, in “Street 60” in the east of capital Khartoum on November 13, 2021. – Sudanese security forces shot at protesters on November 13 in a crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations, medics said, after the military tightened its grip by forming a new ruling council. (Photo by AFP)

More than 10 persons have been shot dead and many wounded as thousands of Sudanese protested against last month’s coup in Khartoum and other cities on Wednesday,

According to a pro-democracy doctors’ union, In the northern suburbs of the capital alone, seven people were shot dead by the security forces which aimed at “the head, the neck or the torso”.

More than 34 people, including three teenagers, have been killed and hundreds injured since the military takeover on October 25

By midday on Wednesday, the new military government cut off all telephone communications, while the Internet has been inaccessible in the country since the start of the coup. This affected mobilization which eventually affected the turnout for the protest.

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Also, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane on October 25 reshuffled the deck in a transition that had been shaky for months. He removed almost all civilians from power and put an end to the sacred union formed in 2019 by civilians and the military.

In this country where more than 250 demonstrators had died during the revolution that overthrew the dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, one of its spearheads, the association of Sudanese professionals, denounced Wednesday “foul crimes against humanity”, accusing the security forces of “premeditated murders”.

“Today, the repression is fierce, there was a lot of violence, tear gas and sound grenades continuously,” Soha, a 42-year-old protester said

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“I saw a gunshot wound behind me and there were a lot of arrests” in Khartoum, she added.

The police, however, assured not to open fire and the state television even announced the opening of an investigation on the killed demonstrators.

In the evening, hundreds of demonstrators continued to hold their barricades in the northern suburbs of Khartoum to say “No to military power”, while the marches in other cities of Sudan had dispersed.

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