Over 170 injured in Sudan anti-coup protests: medics

Over 170 injured in Sudan anti-coup protests: medics
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15 February, 2022
At least 172 protesters left Monday's anti-coup demonstrations in Sudan wounded, as security forces continue to crackdown on activists calling for civilian rule.
At least 102 civilians were injured in processions in the capital Khartoum [Getty]

At least 172 civilians were injured during Monday's anti-coup demonstrations across Sudan, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said in a statement on Tuesday.

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters, causing the majority of injuries, as stun grenades and live ammunition also left many of those in attendance wounded, the committee stated.

This comes as the forces continue to crackdown on pro-democracy protests and activists calling for civilian rule, more than three months after Sudan's military led a coup on 25 October against former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's government.

At least 102 were injured in processions in the capital Khartoum and 33 were injured in Sudan's second largest city, Omdurman.

The security forces also shot and killed two protesters during Monday's demonstration, taking the number of civilians killed in the unrest following the coup to at least 81, according to the committee.

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The protest began with crowds waving national flags and carrying red balloons, as the rallies coincided with Valentine's Day and one banner read "today is the nation's love day".

The Secretary-General of the Sudanese resistant committees - who organise anti-coup protests across the country -  told The New Arab in January that she believed the power of protests will allow civilians to bring down Military General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and restore civilian rule.

“We know the size of the sacrifices and the violence of the police… and their willingness to kill, but this is the price of the freedom and civility that we demand,” Naglaa Sayed Ahmad said.

Hamdok's resigned on 2 January leaving the military in power during their deadly crackdown, as said he "tried my best to stop the country from sliding towards disaster" when addressing the nation during his resignation speech.