KHARTOUM. 30 June, 2019
Sudan’s security forces have fired tear gas to disperse protesters demanding an end to military rule.
One protester was also reportedly killed as tens of thousands rallied across Sudan to push the junta to hand power to a civilian-led administration.
The protests are the biggest since dozens were killed in a crackdown on pro-democracy activists on 3 June.
Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April.
It followed a popular uprising against his rule. Mr Bashir seized power in a coup on 30 June 1989.
According to the Rapid Support Force (RSF) commander, snipers shot at least five civilians and three members of a parliamentary force during Sunday’s protest.
Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said: “There are snipers who are firing on people, they shot three members of the Rapid Support Force and five or six citizens. There are infiltrators, people who want to jeopardise progress.”
He did not confirm if there were any deaths.
Protesters defied the heavy presence of troops, including the feared RSF, to take part in what organisers had billed a “million-strong” march.
“We are here for the martyrs of the [June 3] sit-in. We want a civilian state that guarantees our freedom. We want to get rid of military dictatorship,” a 23-year-old protester named only as Zeinab told AFP news agency.
Security forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators near the presidential palace and three other districts in the capital, Khartoum, AFP reports.
Tear gas was also fired in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman and the eastern town of Gadaref.
In Atbara city in the north-east, a young protester died of a bullet wound to the chest, the pro-opposition Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said.
See also a video on the peaceful protests in the link below: