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Khartoum sees anti-junta protesters crowding presidential palace gates

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Anti-coup protesters demonstrate in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, February 28, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Huge crowds of anti-junta protesters have held a massive demonstration near the presidential palace in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, the base of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who led the 2021 military coup.

Media reports said the protesters crossed the gates of the presidential palace on Monday. Security forces fired tear gas and used stun grenades to keep the crowds away.

The demonstrators reportedly began retreating before sunset and some were chased into side streets by paramilitary forces.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said at least one protester was killed by gunshot to the head during parallel protests in neighboring Omdurman.

The demonstrations come a day after resistance committees organizing the protests announced a political charter aimed at unifying civilian political factions.

A United Nations expert recently called on Sudan's military to stop using "excessive force" against anti-coup protesters as the crackdown has so far claimed dozens of lives across the country.

On February 24, UN human rights envoy Adama Dieng said the Sudanese military should stop firing live ammunition and tear gas at the anti-coup protesters, denouncing the violence by Sudanese forces as a “huge violation against human rights.”

Sudanese protesters have been on the streets for months since General Burhan led the coup in October 2021, which ended a civilian-military partnership that was meant to lead to democratic elections, a move that was widely condemned by the international community.

At least 84 people have been killed in security crackdowns.

The UN has pressured the Sudanese military to end the crackdown and restore a civilian-led government to complete the country’s transition.

The African country, home to 45 million people, is also dealing with a severe economic crisis and an inflation reaching 400 percent.


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