A protester was killed in Khartoum, Sudan, on Thursday, according to medics, as nationwide demonstrations against a military takeover entered their sixth month.
According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, the 23-year-old was shot in the chest, raising the total number of people killed in protest crackdowns since the military coup on Oct. 25 to 93.
Thousands marched towards the presidential palace in central Khartoum, where security personnel fired tear gas at them.
The sound of gunfire could be heard, and injured protestors were seen being carried away, including at least two with evident bloodstains.
Security personnel chased the protesters into surrounding neighbourhoods, preventing them from approaching the palace.
Members of the Central Reserve Police, who were sanctioned by the US last week for employing excessive force, were seen on the streets alongside other security forces.
Some protests held signs that read “April 6,” referring to scheduled rallies on the anniversary of the greatest anti-Omar al-Bashir demonstrations in 2019, which resulted in the formation of a civilian-led transitional administration. The military and civilian political organisations had been sharing power until the October coup.
On social media, parallel protests against the coup could be witnessed in Port Sudan, Elobeid, Dongola, and Gadaref. As the country’s currency has fallen and prices have risen, the protests have taken on a more economic tone.
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