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Several Killed in Khartoum Clashes

Protesters said soldiers were responsible, but the army blamed it on "unidentified elements". Sudan has been ruled by a transitional military council since last month's toppling of President Omar al-Bashir.
posted onMay 14, 2019
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By BBC

At least five Sudanese protesters and a member of the security forces have died in clashes in the capital, Khartoum.

They were killed in gunfire at a sit-in outside military HQ where demonstrators are demanding full civilian government. Dozens have also been injured.

Protesters said soldiers were responsible, but the army blamed it on "unidentified elements". Sudan has been ruled by a transitional military council since last month's toppling of President Omar al-Bashir. Demonstrators have been occupying the square in front of the headquarters since 6 April, five days before the president was overthrown by the military.

Initially, talks between the ruling generals and the protest organizers had shown little sign of progress. However, just before Monday night's violence, both sides announced they had agreed on the structure of a new administration.

The gunfire on the streets may point to a division within the military and an attempt to destabilize this process, says the BBC's Alastair Leithead. Some generals may feel frustrated that the sit-in continues despite major concessions from the military, while demonstrators feel they cannot leave the streets until they get what they want, the BBC reporter adds.

A wave of anti-government protests began in December last year. Protesters started demonstrating against a government decision to triple the price of bread. The protests soon morphed into widespread anger against the president's 30-year rule, led by doctors.

Five weeks into the protests, on 17 January, witnesses said state forces fired live ammunition at protesters and killed a doctor. He had been treating injured protesters in his home in Khartoum when police fired tear gas into the building. A witness told the BBC that the doctor had walked out with his hands in the air, told the police he was a doctor and was instantly shot. He is one of dozens of people killed during the anti-government protests.

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