Two killed as protesters mark anniversary of massacre in Sudan-medics, eyewitnesses

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Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans during a sit-in outside Sudan's army headquarters in Khartoum in 2019.
Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans during a sit-in outside Sudan's army headquarters in Khartoum in 2019.
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  • Sudanese security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at demonstrators marking the anniversary of a deadly raid on a protest site during the country's 2019 uprising.
  • Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok described the use of gunfire against peaceful protesters as a crime demanding immediate justice.
  • Two men died from gunshot wounds, said a medical source, protest group the Sudanese Professionals Association and eyewitnesses, and more than 20 people were injured.


Two men were killed on Tuesday after Sudanese security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at demonstrators marking the anniversary of a deadly raid on a protest site during the country's 2019 uprising, said medics, protest groups and eyewitnesses.

In response, late night demonstrations sprung up across the capital Khartoum and photos of protesters blocking roads with bricks and burning tires appeared on social media.

In a statement early on Wednesday morning Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok described the use of gunfire against peaceful protesters as a crime demanding immediate justice.

Crowds had gathered in central Khartoum to commemorate the second anniversary, according to the Islamic calendar, of the raid on a sit-in protest in 2019.

Despite roads leading to the sit-in site in front of military headquarters being blocked, eyewitnesses said crowds rallied, demanding justice for the 2019 raid.

Two men died from gunshot wounds, said a medical source, protest group the Sudanese Professionals Association and eyewitnesses, and more than 20 people were injured.

A spokesperson for the police could not be reached for comment.

At the time of the 2019 raid, Sudan's opposition said 127 people were killed, while authorities put the death toll at 87. No one has been held accountable, despite a long-running investigation.

In response to Tuesday's killings, the alliance of families of those killed during the uprising said on their official Facebook page that they would begin organising nationwide non-violent resistance.

Hamdok said in the statement:

The slowness of the justice system in uncovering crimes and bringing the criminals to trial has became a constant cause for concern.

Hamdok called for meetings between Sudan's military and civilian leadership to "review and correct our path". Sudan is ruled by a partnership between the military and civilian political parties who appointed Hamdok and most of the cabinet.


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