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SUDAN’S SRF MILITIA USE EXCESSIVE FORCE TO BREAK UP SIT-INS

The Rapid Support Forces (SRF) militiamen are reported to have stormed the protest site on Monday morning and fired live ammunition sporadically on protesters wounding several people.

This follows last night’s, the Sudanese Professionals Association warning of an imminent attack calling on the youth to be vastly present at the sit-in area. However, the attack began about 05.00 at the dawn when many left the area returning to their home.

Eyewitnesses report several protesters having been injured but it is too early to give an indication about the number of victims as the shooting still taking place. Nonetheless, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD), two protesters were killed.

According to the protesters, the army soldiers didn’t intervene to stop attackers. The Forces for Freedom and Chang, for its part, condemned the “bloody massacre” saying large numbers of militiamen were mobilized to break up the sit-in with live ammunition and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters.

“We hold the military junta responsible for the security and safety of the protestors and stress that the members of the military council will be held accountable for every drop of blood shed (in the protest sit on Monday morning)”.

Also, the RSF militiamen have brunt the tents in the site of protest. Several days ago, the military council said the sit-in area has become a threat for the country and vowed to deal with the illegal activities.

Weeks after the removal of Omar al Bashir as the president of Sudan, the fight for democracy continues as the Transitional Military Council (TMC) refuses to give in to the protesters’ demand to hand over power to a civilian-led government immediately.

The TMC, led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, says it will oversee a transitional period that will last a maximum of two years. Amid continuing protests, security forces are doing everything possible to end the sit-in in the capital, Khartoum.

(ST)

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