Sudan: protester killed as tens of thousands rally against military junta on coup anniversary
One protester was reportedly killed during demonstrations that were held in cities across Sudan Tuesday (25 October) to mark one year of military rule after security forces used tear gas on the crowds.
25 October 2022 was the first anniversary of the military’s arrest of the civilian administration that shared power after the 2019 overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power a year ago, Sudan has seen near-weekly anti-coup rallies and crackdowns by security. The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said the death toll from rallies over the past year stood at 119. The latest casualty was a protester killed Tuesday in Omdurman, a city across the Nile River from Khartoum, after being hit by a tank, and three others were wounded.
Mohammed Osman, a Sudan researcher at Human Rights Watch, said security forces had committed a range of abuses, from killings to arbitrary detentions of hundreds of people “Over the last year, Sudan’s military leaders have faced no consequences for their repression of the protest movement,” he said. Meanwhile, the resistance committees that have sustained the anti-military movement with regular protests have mostly rejected negotiations with the military, criticizing them as dealings of the elite, and demand that its leaders be brought to justice over the killings of protesters and other violations. In a statement, the United States, Britain, European Union and other Western countries said they “stand ready to help Sudan unlock its economic potential after a return to a credible civilian transition”.