2022-01-18 Africa Horn
Seven protesters killed in Sudan amid calls for civilian disobedience
[SUDANTRIBUNE] Sudanese security forces killed seven protesters in fresh anti-coup demonstrations on Monday triggering calls for civilian disobedience nearly three months after the military takeover.
To disperse protesters, the security forces now use lethal tactics and military weapons including machine guns and heavy machine guns such as Ddhk or Dushka and armoured vehicles.
The pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCDD), which deploys medical emergency teams during the protests, said the security forces killed seven protesters.
The medical group added that about a hundred others are maimed by bullets and other weapons.
Monday’s casualties bring to 71 the corpse count of protesters killed after the coup of October 25.
The anti-coup demonstrations took place in Khartoum State, and Wad Madani of al-Jazeera State as well as other towns in several states.
During the past weeks, the Sovereign Council pledged to investigate the killing of protesters, the attacks on hospitals and medical personnel as well as media offices.
On Monday, the Sovereign Council held a meeting to discuss the security situation with the participation of its three members of the signatory groups.
After the meeting, the military-led collegial body issued a statement praising the "cleverness of the security forces". The council added they showed restraint and dealt wisely with protesters to ensure the protection of civilians.
The Council further regretted the chaos and violence by protesters which violate the right to peaceful demonstration, further stressed the statement.
The use of excessive violence against protesters raised condemnations by trade unions and professional groups from different sectors.
For its part, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) called for a two-day general strike in response to the bloody crackdown on protesters on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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