Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudanese union says six killed in clashes with security forces

Sudanese union says six killed in clashes with security forces

Although crowds have dwindled during the day due to the scorching heat, protesters gather in their thousands after breaking the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

A doctors' committee linked to the protest movement later said four more protesters had been shot dead, but did not specify if they were actually killed at the sit-in.

Sudanese protesters are bracing for a fresh standoff with the country's armed forces after their sit-in protest against military rule came under deadly attack.

The military council also confirmed that the deal had been reached.

Later, RSF men fired gunshots to disperse protesters near Blue Nile bridge and thick clouds of tear gas were fired near Jumhuriya Street south of the river, where the RSF were seen beating a rickshaw driver as they patrolled in vehicles armed with sticks and guns, witnesses said.

They say they are determined to force the ruling military council to cede power - just as they pushed the army into deposing veteran president Omar al-Bashir on April 11.

Sudanese protesters burn tyres as they block Nile Street in Khartoum. It was not immediately clear what punishment he might face. Most of those injured and killed were protesters manning several barricades that have sprung up around the sit-in that has occupied a large central area for more than a month. But the generals have called for other political parties - with the exception of Al-Bashir's National Congress Party - to be included in the transition.

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"Al-Bashir must face justice not only for recent crimes, but also for the crimes under worldwide law he allegedly committed while he was in power", he said.

The opposition has vowed to continue protests, centered on a sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. In recent weeks they have threatened a general strike and civil disobedience.

The protesters are represented by the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups.

Rabie said negotiations would resume later Tuesday on the makeup of a transitional sovereign council, Cabinet and legislative body, and on the duration of the transition.

The two sides remain divided over what role the military, which is dominated by Al-Bashir appointees, should have in the transition period until elections can be held.

Local media suggested some of the assailants appeared to be wearing military uniform, including that of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the paramilitary force behind counterinsurgency campaigns in Darfur and other regions that is led by Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the military council, who is widely known by his nickname Hemedti.

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