Two People Shot Dead During Mass Demonstrations in Central Khartoum

Clay Curtis
May 14, 2019

At least five protesters and a member of Sudan's army were reportedly killed on Monday as violence erupted outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

On Monday, Sudan's prosecutor general's office said Bashir had been charged over the killings of protesters during anti-regime protests that led to his ouster on April 11.

Protesters were attacked by unidentified men armed with guns and sticks, said the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors in a statement.

According to the Sky News Arabia broadcaster, the gunmen dressed in the uniform of the Rapid Support Forces attacked the protesters on one of the squares of Khartoum.

"We discussed the structure of the transitional authority and agreed on it completely, and we also agreed on the system of governance in the transitional period", said Kabbashi.

But in the month since then, the protests had previously focused nearly entirely on the sit-in outside army headquarters as protest leaders wrestled with the generals who toppled Bashir over a roadmap for a civilian-led transition.

The military removed President Omar Al-Bashir from power in April after four months of mass protests, but the demonstrators have remained in the streets, demanding the dismantling of his regime. There has been no comment from Bashir, who is in prison in Khartoum.

The MTC is now overseeing a two-year "transitional period" during which it has pledged to hold presidential elections.

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A doctor committee also confirmed that four demonstrators were killed, but were unable to clarify whether they were killed during sit-in firing.

The charges form part of an investigation into the death of a medic killed during a protest in the capital's eastern district of Burri, the prosecutor general's office said in a statement.

The U.S. Embassy, however, blamed the military council, saying its attempts earlier in the day to remove roadblocks, and its use of tear gas against protesters, led to the violence later that night.

Burhan pointed to the peaceful character of the Sudanese revolution, adding: "The army is committed to protecting the protesters and we will arrest the perpetrators and we will hold them accountable". The military wants to play a leading role in a transition lasting up to two years, while the protesters have demanded an immediate transition to a civilian-led authority.

They have singled out its silence on the constitutional position of Islamic sharia law, which was the guiding principle of all legislation under Bashir's rule.

The killings took place after nightfall on Monday, when protests in Sudan usually swell during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that is marked by dawn-to-dusk fasting.

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