Sudanese security forces fire tear gas as thousands join anti-coup protests

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Thousands of people demonstrated in the Sudanese capital on Wednesday against last month’s coup, chanting “no to military power” in defiance of a crackdown that has already killed 24 people.

Several rallies have broken out in Khartoum, even as telephone lines have been cut and internet services have been disrupted since the October 25 putsch, AFP journalists reported.

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters, injuring several people, witnesses said.

The renewed protests came as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Africans to beware of growing threats to democracy as he embarked on a three-country tour of the continent in Kenya.

“We have witnessed over the past decade what some call a democratic recession,” Blinken said in Nairobi.

The United States suspended some $ 700 million in aid to Sudan in response to the coup, which interrupted a democratic transition that followed the 2019 overthrow of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Senior General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency, overthrew the government and detained the civilian leaders.

The military takeover derailed a transition to full-fledged civilian rule and drew international condemnation.

Burhan insists that the military decision “was not a coup” but a push to “rectify the course of the transition.”

US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee is shuttling between generals and the fallen civilian government in an attempt to find a way out of the crisis.

(AFP)

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