Sudan coup: Security forces fire tear gas as thousands demonstrate in Khartoum

Sudan coup: Security forces fire tear gas as thousands demonstrate in Khartoum
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Huge crowds have regularly taken to the streets demanding a return to civilian rule since the military coup on 25 October ended a power-sharing arrangement between civilian and armed forces leaders.
Protesters in Khartoum blocked a main road in the Al-Diyum neighbourhood [EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty]

Thousands of protesters against military rule in Sudan marched towards the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum again on Monday, drawing volleys of tear gas from security forces, a Reuters witness said.

The protesters, who gathered some 1.25 miles (2 kilometres) from the palace, blocked a main road in the Al-Diyum neighbourhood and burned tires before starting their march.

Huge crowds have regularly taken to the streets demanding a return to civilian rule since the military coup on 25 October ended a power-sharing arrangement that began after Islamist dictator Omar Al-Bashir fell to a popular uprising in 2019.

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Military leaders said their coup saved Sudan from chaos and that they will protect people's right to peaceful protest. They reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok following strong international pressure, but he resigned earlier this month. All the while, pro-democracy demonstrations have continued.

Medics aligned with the protest movement say at least 63 people have died in clashes with security forces. A protester and a police officer were killed during demonstrations last Thursday.

(Reuters)