Sudan security forces crack down on anti-coup protestors
Police forces reportedly fired teargas and shotguns at protestors in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman on Monday. There was a similar violent response to demonstrations over the weekend.
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One person has died and 113 people have been injured in the violence.
Meanwhile, 96 people have been killed since the coup in October 2021, according to The Guardian, noting more than 1,500 have been detained by security forces.
Sudan’s security forces have concentrated on targeting and arresting members of resistance committees, a series of groups and informal associations that have helped organise the protests.
The coup last October came just two and a half years after the 2019 uprising that helped topple longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir from power. Protestors at the time demanded a democratically elected government, but the move was derailed by a military takeover.
Subsequent protests held across the country eventually led to a deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who eventually resigned in January saying he could not work with the military.
The constant unrest in Sudan over the past few years has left the country teetering on the edge of economic chaos, with inflation rising and people facing a severe food shortage.