Sudan: Coup military fire tear gas, stun grenades killing four people during nationwide protests

Sudanese security forces shot four people dead during nationwide protests, a doctors’ group said, as tens of thousands of people marched against military rule.

Soldiers on Thursday fired tear gas and stun grenades as protesters marched through Khartoum and the neighbouring cities of Omdurman and Bahri towards the presidential palace in the capital.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) said four protesters were shot dead by security forces, three of them in Omdurman.

In a statement on Friday, police authorities confirmed the death toll and said 297 protesters and 49 police officers had been injured.

At least 52 people have been killed by security forces since pro-democracy activists launched a campaign of street demonstrations against an October 25 coup, according to doctors.

Thursday’s protests were the 11th day of major demonstrations since the military’s power grab, which saw Abdallah Hamdok removed and then reinstated as civilian prime minister.

The demonstrators have been demanding that the military play no role in government during a transition to free elections.

The US embassy appealed for restraint from the government led by military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which had been counting on a controversial November partnership deal with Hamdok to calm public anger.

“The US embassy reiterates its support for peaceful expression of democratic aspiration, and the need to respect and protect individuals exercising free speech,” a statement said.