Sudan Protests Take a Deadly Turn

Sudanese security forces are moving against a protest sit-in camp in the capital, besieging the site, witnesses and protest leaders said. Machine-gun fire and explosions were heard and smoke rose from the area. The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said the TMC has killed another four protesters, including an eight-year-old child. This brings the death toll to 13, with more than 116 others wounded. Weeks after the removal of Omar al-Bashir as the president of Sudan, the fight for civilian rule continues as the Transitional Military Council (TMC) refuses to give in to the protesters’ demand to hand over power. 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. Sudan’s opposition and protest group alliance said on Monday it was halting all contact and negotiations with the country’s military council after security forces launched a deadly raid on a protest sit-in. TMC spokesman Shams al-Din Kabashi told Al Jazeera security forces did not target the sit-in site. “What is going on is targeting Colombia [nickname because of alleged criminal activity there] adjacent to the sit-in area and not targeting the sit-in. Dangerous groups infiltrated among the protesters in the sit-in area,” Kabashi said.’SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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