Sudanese security forces fire tear gas as thousands mobilize against coup

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Security forces on Thursday fired tear gas at protesters trying to make their way to the presidential palace in the Sudanese capital, a Reuters witness said.

Thursday was the 11th day of major protests since the October 25 coup, which saw Abdallah Hamdok deposed and then reinstated as prime minister. Protesters demanded that the military play no role in government during the transition to free elections.

Most of the bridges to Khartoum have been closed, with at least two of them blocked by sea containers. An army checkpoint with an armored vehicle was seen parked on one of the open bridges.

Protesters heading towards a blocked bridge connecting the city of Bahri to the capital chanted: “As much as we sacrifice and die, we will not be ruled by the boot.

The Reuters witness said tear gas was fired at protesters in Bahri, near the bridge.

On Saturday, protesters opposed to the military regime arrived near the presidential palace, despite powerful tear gas and a communication failure.

Internet and mobile services appeared to be disrupted again in Khartoum on Thursday.

Reuters staff were unable to make or receive domestic and international calls, and a source at a telecommunications company said an order to shut down internet services had come from the state-owned Sudan National Telecommunications Corporation.

The Sudanese Central Medical Committee said more than 200 people were injured in Saturday’s protest, including six from live ammunition.

The committee also reported 48 deaths in crackdowns against the military regime since October.

“I come for the martyrs. I’m not going to be tired because some people have given their lives for it. Being tired is nothing compared to that, ”a nurse from Bahri who attended the 11 protests and gave her name as Jihad.

Several young men were wearing gloves to enable them to throw tear gas canisters and stun grenades.

“I wear this glove to keep my brothers, sisters and mothers safe. When the police fire tear gas I can reject it, ”said a young man who asked not to be identified.

The Sovereign Council of Sudan this week restored the powers of arrests, detentions and seizures to the country’s intelligence services.

(REUTERS)

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