Armoured vehicle kills one at Sudan demo: Medics

AFP , Thursday 5 May 2022

Sudanese security forces on Thursday killed a protester when an armoured vehicle ran over him during the latest rally against last year's power grab, medics said.

Protests in Sudan
Sudanese protesters take part in a rally against military rule on the anniversary of previous popular uprisings, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. AP


The unidentified protester was killed by the "vehicle belonging to the forces during rallies in Khartoum" headed towards the presidential palace, said the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, a pro-democracy group of medics.

Anti-power grab demonstrators routinely target the palace, where the ruling Sovereign Council is based along the Nile River.

The demonstrator's death brings to 95 the toll from the crackdown on anti-power grab protests since the October military takeover led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the doctors' committee said.

Regular rallies have taken place against Sudan's latest power grab, which derailed a political transition period set in motion after the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

The military power grab drew wide international condemnation, including the suspension of vital aid, and upended a transition to civilian rule in one of the world's poorest countries.

The United Nations, along with the African Union and regional bloc IGAD, have been pushing to facilitate Sudanese-led talks to resolve the crisis.

Senior officials from the United States, United Kingdom and other Western countries have urged Sudanese factions to participate in the UN-AU-IGAD process and warned against any delay, according to an April 29 EU statement.

"They underscored that international financial support for the Sudanese government, including debt relief, could only follow establishment of a credible civilian government," it said.

Otherwise, "Sudan might lose billions of dollars in development assistance from the World Bank, and that Sudan's IMF programme and $19 billion in associated debt relief would be imperilled," it noted.

Last month, Sudanese authorities released several anti-power grab civilian leaders arrested in the crackdown.

Burhan has pledged to free political detainees to set the stage for talks among Sudanese factions.

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