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Sudan protesters mark anniversary of sit-in killings

More than 100 protesters were killed last year when security forces dispersed sit-in in capital Khartoum

Mohammed Amin   | 03.06.2020
Sudan protesters mark anniversary of sit-in killings

KHARTOUM

Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets of the capital Khartoum on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the dispersal of a major protest camp, in which scores were killed.

More than 100 protesters were killed last year when security forces dispersed a sit-in demanding the handover of power to a civilian government near the army headquarters in Khartoum.

Protesters staged several rallies in different neighborhoods in Khartoum amid calls for bringing perpetrators of the killings to justice, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter on the ground.

Wednesday's rallies came despite a lockdown imposed by the Sudanese authorities to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country.

1st anniversary of protest for civilian transition government in Sudan

KHARTOUM, SUDAN - JUNE 3: Sudanese demonstrators gather and burn tires, demanding punishment of those who intervened in the protest held for a civilian transition government in front of military headquarters where tens of Sudanese died last year, in the 1st anniversary of the protest in Khartoum, Sudan on June 3, 2020. ( Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency )

For his part, the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok pledged to bring those responsible for the killings to justice.

In an address on Wednesday, Hamdok said the transitional government was waiting for the results of an investigation committee into the incidents.

"We are fully committed to imposing justice and disclosing the entire dimension of the crime of the sit-in dispersal and bringing those responsible to justice," he said.

Sudan has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment ousted long-serving President Omar al-Bashir after months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.

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