Sudan more than 35 dead in Khartoum's sit-in dispersion

Sudan: more than 35 dead in Khartoum’s sit-in dispersion

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“More than 35” people have died and “hundreds” have been injured in the dispersal Monday, on the orders of the Military Council, of the sit-in in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum, said Tuesday the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors .

This is the latest provisional assessment provided by this group of professionals close to the protest movement, which states in a statement that many wounded are in “intensive care”.

Begun on April 6 to demand the departure of President Omar al-Bashir, who was deposed five days later by the army, a rally of thousands of demonstrators continued in order to demand that the military council that took power transfer it to civilians.

Monday’s dispersal operation was strongly condemned abroad, notably by the United Nations, the United States and Great Britain. The Transitional Military Council denied that it had dispersed “by force” the sit-in.

In response, the protest movement called on the population to go to the streets on Tuesday for the “prayer of the absent” (Muslim funerary prayer) and to “demonstrate peacefully”.

Earlier Tuesday, the Military Council said “regret” the events, evoking a “clean-up operation” conducted near the sit-in by the security forces that has slipped. He promised an investigation.

The generals also announced the end of negotiations with the Alliance for Freedom and Change (ALC), which represents the protesters, and called for elections within a “maximum of nine months”.

The appeal was rejected by the protest which denounced a “putsch”.

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