The death toll in Sudan from anti-coup protests since last month’s military takeover has risen to at least 40, medics said on Saturday after the death of an affected teenager in the area. head a few days earlier.
Sudanese chief general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency on October 25, overthrew the government and detained civilian leaders.
The military takeover overturned a two-year transition to civilian rule, drew wide international condemnation and punitive measures, and prompted people to take to the streets.
Wednesday’s protests sparked the deadliest day yet, with the death toll now rising to 16, doctors said.
“A martyr has died (…) after succumbing to serious injuries after being shot in the head and leg with live ammunition on November 17,” said the Sudanese Independent Central Medical Committee. He was 16 years old, he added.
Most of those killed on Wednesday were in northern Khartoum, which lies across the Nile from the capital, doctors said.
Police officials deny using live ammunition and insist they used “minimal force” to disperse the protests. They recorded only one death among the demonstrators north of Khartoum.
“Abuses and violations”
Small groups of protesters in several neighborhoods gathered on Friday after prayers against the military coup, especially in northern Khartoum, where people were seen building barricades on the roads. Security forces sporadically fired tear gas to disperse them.
The United States condemned the murderous crackdown on Friday.
“We call on those responsible for human rights abuses and violations, including the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, to answer for their actions,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. , in a press release.
Washington said the Sudanese should “be free to express their views without fear of violence,” and called for the release of those arrested since the takeover.
“Ahead of the next protests, we call on the Sudanese authorities to exercise restraint and allow peaceful protests,” the United States added.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) urged protesters to continue their campaign, reporting on Friday that security forces “stormed homes and mosques” in northern Khartoum.
SPA is a federation of unions that played a pivotal role in the protests that lasted for months and toppled President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.
Sudan has a long history of military coups, enjoying only rare interludes of democratic rule since independence in 1956.
Burhan, the general-in-chief, insists the military’s decision “was not a coup” but a step “to rectify the transition” amid infighting and divisions between civilians and the military has worsened under the now deposed government.
He has since announced a new council to civil-military power in which he retained his post as leader, with a powerful paramilitary commander, three senior military officials, three former rebel leaders and a civilian.
But the other four civilian members have been replaced by lesser-known figures.