Sudan Police Fire Tear Gas As Protesters Near Presidential Palace

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Sudanese police fired tear gas Sunday at crowds of protesters approaching the presidential palace, as thousands rallied against the ruling generals to demand a civilian administration.

On Sunday, protesters defied the heavy presence of troops, including the feared paramilitary Rapid Security Forces (RSF), to take part in what organisers had billed a “million-strong” march.

One protester was also reportedly killed as tens of thousands rallied across Sudan to push the junta to hand power to a civilian-led administration.

The protests are the biggest since dozens were killed in a crackdown on pro-democracy activists on 3 June.

Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April.

It followed a popular uprising against his rule.

Al-Bashir seized power in a coup on June 30, 1989.

“We are here for the martyrs of the [June 3] sit-in. We want a civilian state that guarantees our freedom. We want to get rid of military dictatorship,” a 23-year-old protester named only as Zeinab told AFP news agency.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators near the presidential palace and three other districts in the capital, Khartoum, AFP reports.

Tear gas was also fired in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman and the eastern town of Gadaref.

In Atbara city in the north-east, a young protester died of a bullet wound to the chest, the pro-opposition Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said.

Talks between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition collapsed after the 3 June crackdown, when the RSF violent suppressed protests in Khartoum.

They have not resumed despite mediation by the African Union (AU) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

On Friday, the SPA said two leading members of the opposition had been detained and urged “the international community to demand their immediate release”.

BBC

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