Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters Tuesday called for a civilian government during demonstrations near the presidential palace in Khartoum.

Iran PressAfrica: Security forces fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters as tens of thousands took to the streets in the capital Khartoum and other cities around the country to demand that the armed forces stay out of government.

Deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was reinstated earlier this month under military oversight in a deal that many in the pro-democracy movement oppose.

Since the generals seized power on Oct. 25 and rounded up more than 100 civilian government figures, protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets.

Leaders of the pro-democracy movement have consistently called on those taking part in demonstrations to remain peaceful. In a larger march not far away, demonstrators filled an entire street and waded through parked cars.

Sudanese security forces have cracked down on the rallies and have killed some 43 protesters so far, according to the Sudan Doctors' Committee, which tracks protester deaths.

On Tuesday, the group announced that the latest death was that of a 26-year-old protester who died from brain hemorrhaging after he was badly beaten by security forces during a march last week.

Later in the day, demonstrators gathered in front of the government's Republican Palace, which was surrounded by security forces.

Tuesday’s demonstrations come after Hamdok emphasized that the Sudanese people have the right to peacefully protest.

For years he has been the civilian face of the government and one of the pro-democracy movement's most respected figures. But Sudan’s key pro-democracy groups and political parties have said the deal that reinstalled him falls short of their demands for full civilian rule.

In an interview with Iran Press, a number of Sudanese demonstrators in Khartoum stressed that they would never accept the participation of the military in power, demanding that a new election be held.

Sudan has been struggling with its transition to a democratic government since the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019, following a mass uprising against three decades of his rule.


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