Thousands march on Sudan coup anniversary to demand civilian rule | Protests News

Thousands of protesters have rallied in cities across Sudan to demand full civilian rule, marking the first anniversary of a military coup that has hampered a brief democratic transition. of this country.

Tuesday’s biggest protest took place in the capital, Khartoum.

The Sudanese Doctors’ Commission said in a statement that one protester had died after being hit by a pickup truck of security forces during demonstrations in Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city. The person’s identity was not immediately known.

NetBlocks, an online network monitoring company, said early Tuesday that internet services across the country were blocked.

Many pro-democracy activists in Sudan and local journalists reported the use of tear gas by security forces. They had previously closed the bridges leading into Khartoum.

In a statement released late Tuesday, Sudanese police accused protesters of attacking various military sites. Police said rebel groups and “cells” were operating among the protesters and targeting security forces with explosive devices. Their statement provides no evidence. It does not mention any deaths.

Since the takeover, the military has cracked down and cracked down on pro-democracy marches almost weekly, with 118 protesters killed, according to Sudan Doctors’ Commission records.

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