Sudan medics committee call for more doctors to help treat injured protesters

Sudan medics committee call for more doctors to help treat injured protesters
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21 December, 2021
The country's Central Doctors Committee are preparing 'for the worst', as they reveal military violence against Sunday's pro-democracy protesters resulted in 331 injuries and two deaths.
Protesters suffered injuries after being hit with rubber bullets, stun grenades, tear gas canisters, batons and stones [Getty]

Sudan's Central Doctors Committee (SCDC) have called for medical professionals across the country to join the effort to treat injured protesters after Sudanese security forces violently cracked down on mass pro-democracy rallies on Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of people nationwide marched against the 25 October military takeover in "roaring, massive and majestic protests" on Sunday, the SCDC said.

Two people were killed and more than 331 people were injured after military coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan's forces cracked down on Sunday's demonstrations, the SCDC told The New Arab.

Protesters suffered injuries after being hit with rubber bullets, stun grenades, tear gas canisters, batons and stones, the SCDC said.

The committee said it anticipated "more violence" leading them to "prepare for the worst".

"We call for medical personnel... to come to health institutions to contribute to treating injuries, and to network with field committees and hospital emergencies," the committee said in a public tweet.

"Many violations were committed by the coup authority, which only increases the determination of our people until it is completely overthrown," they said in another tweet.

Following Sunday's protests, the civilian death toll from the protests is now 47, the SCDC said.

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) - a civilian bloc that led anti-Bashir protests in 2019 -  have urged Sudanese citizens to continue to reject military power, calling for more demonstrations to take place on 25 December.

Sunday marked three years since the start of the mass demonstrations that led to the ousting of former dictator Omar al-Bashir.