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Sudan fires tear gas at post-coup deal protesters

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Tuesday at protesters rallying against last month’s military takeover and a subsequent deal that reinstated the prime minister, witnesses said. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Khartoum and marched on the presidential palace, before security forces fired tear gas to disperse them, they said.

“I’m here to demand the fall of military rule,” demonstrator Mohamed Alaaldin told AFP. Sudan’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, seized power and detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on October 25, but after international condemnation and mass protests he reinstated the premier nearly a month later.

Critics however have lambasted the November 21 agreement as “whitewashing” and accused Hamdok of “betrayal”, with pro-democracy activists vowing to maintain pressure on the military-civilian authority.
On Tuesday, security forces were stationed around the palace to prevent demonstrators from approaching.

“No partnership, no negotiation, no legitimacy,” protesters chanted, urging the military “to go back to their barracks”. At least 43 people have been killed in anti-coup protests since last month, according to medics.

Doctors have accused security forces of using live rounds, but police denied the allegations saying it only used “minimum force” to disperse protests. On Tuesday, police forces were seen chasing protesters on streets near the presidential palace with “whips,” witnesses said.

Source: eNCA

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