Sudan: one killed in anti-coup rallies
The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) announces the killing of one protestor amid ongoing demonstrations in Sudan.
A protestor was shot dead today, Monday, in rallies held by thousands of Sudanese against the military rule, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD).
The committee confirmed the protestor's death in a tweet, mentioning that his identity has not been known yet.
Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD)— لجنة أطباء السودان المركزية-CCSD (@SD_DOCTORS) February 14, 2022
February 14th, 2022
A male protester whose identity is yet to be known, has been killed by a cartridge in the neck & chest, fired by security forces while participating in today’s anti-coup march in Khartoum city. pic.twitter.com/OQGdmRT0J5
It added that the latest death raises the toll to 80 since last year's coup.
In Khartoum, protestors carried the country's flag and red balloons with banners that read "today is the nation's love day" as the protest coincided with Valentine's Day.
The protestors rejected the military rule, called for civilian rule, and demanded the release of prisoners as well as holding accountable those responsible for killing demonstrators during previous rallies.
Security forces fired tear gas canisters at the protestors near the presidential palace, trying to separate them.
"The number of people detained arbitrarily and without criminal charges has exceeded 100," the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) said in a statement today.
The CCSD also reported that some detainees in Khartoum's Soba prison have started today a hunger strike to protest the prison's conditions.
Some have been "detained without facing charges and others still await investigations that are being delayed on purpose to cause them more physical and mental harm," the medics added.
On Sunday, the Sudanese authorities arrested again a former member of the ruling sovereign council Muhamad Al-Faki as well as ex-minister Khaled Omar Youssef and Wagdi Saleh, the spokesperson of Sudan's Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), who leads the anti-coup protests.
Protests against the military coup carried out by Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan more than three months ago were renewed in Sudan's capital and the neighboring city of Omdurman on February 10, one day after the arrest of the two opposition leaders.
Security forces fired tear gas at dozens of protesters in central Khartoum to prevent them from approaching the presidential palace.
Meanwhile, the international community has demanded the immediate release of the FFC figures as they condemned the broadening crackdown.
Since the military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on October 25, when he overthrew the civilians who shared power with the army following the fall of former President Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan has seen continuous protests punctuated by unrest and violence.