Ten anti-coup protesters in Sudan shot dead, medics say

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Security forces on Wednesday shot dead at least 10 people and wounded dozens in Khartoum and other cities as thousands of Sudanese people protested against last month’s coup.

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Protesters marched in the neighborhood of the capital and its twin cities Bahri and Omdurman, demanding the complete handover of the civic authorities and the production of the leaders of the October 25 coup to court.

Eyewitnesses said security forces opened fire and lobbed tear gas after communications with mobile phones were cut earlier in the day.

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“The coup forces used heavy bullets in various areas of the capital and tens of thousands of bullets were fired, some of whom are in critical condition,” the Central Committee of Sudanese doctors said.

It reported 10 deaths, including seven in Bahri.

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On a main street in Khartoum, protesters burned tires and raised slogans: “The people are strong, and it is impossible to retreat.”

Others took pictures of people killed in previous protests and civilian Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who was placed under house arrest during the coup, with the slogan: “Legitimacy comes from the road, not from the guns.”

Photos of protests were posted on social media in towns and cities including Port Sudan, Kasla, Dongola, Wad Madani and Jinina.

Witnesses said security forces were heavily deployed on main roads and squares, using tear gas to disperse the crowd. The bridges over the Nile have been closed.

There was no immediate comment from the security forces. Military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said earlier that peaceful protests are allowed and the military does not kill protesters.

The coup ended a transitional partnership between the military and a civilian coalition that helped topple autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Despite pressure from Western states, which have suspended economic aid, mediation efforts have stalled, with the help of Burhan Bashir-era veterans to cement control.

Mobile internet services in Sudan have been suspended since the coup. This has complicated anti-military rallies, strikes and campaigns of civil disobedience.

The Sudanese Congress Party, which was part of the military and civilian coalition, said one of its leaders had been arrested after a raid on his home.

Hundreds of people gathered across the country on Saturday to protest the coup. Medics said security forces killed seven people.

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