Resumption of unrest in Sudan, and violence against protesters

Hundreds of people in Sudan blocked the main roads of Khartoum, the capital, in protest at police crackdown on opposition demonstrations.

Iran PressAfrica: Sudanese protesters on Friday night 21 February blocked major roads in Khartoum, including the airport to the southern part of the city, by burning tires. The protesters also closed the entrance to the Manshia bridge, which connects Khartoum with areas east of the Nile.

The southern parts of the Sudanese capital were also unstable and facing protests. Sudanese police have injured at least 17 people in a raid on thousands of demonstrators who were opposed to the rule of Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, and his government on Thursday.

On Thursday 20 February, Sudanese security forces used teargas and batons to disperse thousands of protesters. They were demanding the reinstatement of army officers dismissed for refusing to crack down on demonstrations against former President Omar al-Bashir, witnesses said.

 Meanwhile, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Saturday ordered an investigation into a violent crackdown by security forces on protesters in Khartoum.

Hamdok said in a televised speech: “I decided to form an investigative committee to look into the events that occurred on February 20-21.”

He said Attorney General Taj-Elsir Ali would head the committee and a final report would be issued within seven days.


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