Four people were shot dead on Thursday by Sudanese security forces during a crackdown on nationwide protests by tens of thousands of people against military rule, a doctors’ committee said.
Al Hadath TV quoted an adviser to military leader Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan as saying the military would not allow anyone to pull the country into chaos and that continued protests were a “physical, psychological, and mental drain on the country” and “would not achieve a political solution”.
Thursday’s protest is the 11th round of major demonstrations since the October 25 coup that toppled Abdallah Hamdok and then reinstated him as prime minister in November.
Marching through Khartoum and the neighbouring cities of Omdurman and Bahri towards the presidential palace, the demonstrators are demanding that the military play no role in government during a transition to free elections.
The Forces of Freedom and Change coalition said that security forces “used excessive repression” on Thursday and called on “regional and international communities and human rights organizations to condemn the coup.”
Troubled by reports of lethal force, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Twitter said the United States “stands with the people of Sudan, as they demand freedom, peace, and justice.”
The Khartoum State Ministry of Health in a statement said that security forces in Omdurman prevented ambulances from carrying the injured to nearby hospitals, adding that the “scale of repression exceeded expectations.”
The doctors’ committee said security forces arrested an injured man along with medical staff who tried to get him into an ambulance.
Thursday’s deaths brought the death toll to 52, since crackdowns on protests against military rule began in October, the doctors’ committee said.