At least thirteen protesters were killed and several other others injured on Monday the Sudanese military opened fire to break up civil disobedience, according to a local doctors’ union.
Protesters had congregated outside the Defence Ministry in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, opposing the interim military council that has dominated the country since a coup ousted long-time President Omar al-Bashir in April month.
The Sudanese opposition suspended talks with the ruling body after the crackdown. “We have halted all political communication and negotiations with the putschist council,” the Declaration of Freedom and alter Alliance, an umbrella group for opposition teams and protest leaders, said on Monday.
“The leaders of this council are reprehensively responsible for all the bloodshed that that took place since April 11th,” the statement added. The opposition leaders vowed to take the generals to court.
The Declaration of Freedom and later proclaimed a general strike and civil disobedience starting Monday.
It referred to as on “honorable” members of assorted security forces to shield the people from the “militias of the putschist council” and to support a civilian transitional authority. They also called on the international community “not to acknowledge the military coup and to facet with the Sudanese revolution.”
The casualties were hit by “live bullets” on Monday, an opposition union, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD) said on their Facebook account.
The committee said security forces have encircled the hospitals to which the wounded and dead bodies were taken.
A spokesperson for the Sudanese transformation Council said that the military “didn’t disperse the civil disobedience by force” however that the security crackdown was instead on a gathering in a nearby “dangerous” area.
Small fires and billowing clouds of black smoke can be seen in a video taken in the capital on Monday. The different video showed people fleeing as guns went off. Protesters were also seen burning tires after security forces tried to interrupt up a sit-in.
Deema Alasad, a 25-year-old dentist from Khartoum, who took part in an exceedingly break up a sit-in. outside the military installation, said the government’s
The paramilitary force, also as members of the intelligence and security services, arrived in the area early in the morning.
“They hit us then they started shooting live ammunition, after putting the entire sit-in under siege,” she said, describing the gunmen as “snipers.”
One woman, Who asked to not be named, recorded video of a person lying on the ground, his arms making an attempt to defend him from the blows of security forces who were beating him with sticks.
“I saw security forces chasing a car and stop it by force at muzzle and hit the driver and his companion with sticks. And one of them shouted at me stop recording. I recorded it from my window at 7:23 am,” she told CNN.
Alasad said the protesters were “unarmed civilians.”
“It is our right to protest and our right to express that we don’t accept what is going on,” she said.
Activist Fathi Abdo told CNN he witnessed around twenty people getting shot on Khartoum’s main streets and close to army headquarters, wherever protesters have staged a mass civil disobedience for months.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, the associate umbrella organization of trade unions, also said in a tweet that security forces had used live bullets and “excessive force” on protesters.
In April, Sudan’s former leader Bashir was arrested and compelled out of power in a military coup when the country became engulfed in protests opposing his three-decade rule.
Irfan Siddiq, the British Ambassador in Khartoum, called for an end to finish the violence.
“Extremely involved by the heavy gunfire shot I’ve been hearing over the last hour from my residence and reports that Sudanese security forces are attacking the protest sit-in site leading to casualties,” he said on Twitter. “No excuse for any such attack.”
An interim military council said it’d lead the country through a transition amount of up to 2 years, however, protesters vowed to stay within the streets till a return to civilian government was bonded.
Since then, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum. In May, 9 people were injured when troopers stormed a pro-democracy sit-in, eyewitnesses said.