Two Killed In Sudan Rally Over 2019 Protests Killings
Two people were killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces dispersed a rally demanding justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, the army said Wednesday
Khartoum, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th May, 2021 ) :Two people were killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces dispersed a rally demanding justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, the army said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said he was "shocked" by the killings, calling it a "crime to use live bullets against peaceful protesters".
Hundreds gathered on Tuesday evening outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, at the site where thousands gathered in 2019 initially demanding the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir and urging a transfer to civilian rule.
It marked two years since the bloody dispersal of the mass encampment outside the army headquarters.
"As they (the protesters) left the site, unfortunate events occurred resulting in the killing of two people and the wounding of others," the armed forces said in a statement, adding that an investigation had been launched.
The army said they were "fully prepared to bring to justice, whoever is proven to be involved".
"Retribution for the martyrs," many chanted as they waved Sudanese flags.
"We will continue calling for justice," said protester Samar Hassan.
Witnesses said security forces fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Ahead of Tuesday's gathering, Sudanese authorities set up roadblocks on the routes leading to the army headquarters.
He vowed his transitional government, which took power after Bashir's ouster, would "bring perpetrators to justice".
The 2019 sit-in was held to call for an end to Bashir's three-decade rule.
The ruling generals at the time denied ordering the bloody dispersal and called for a probe into the incident.
An investigation committee was launched in late 2019 to look into the events, but has yet to finish its inquiry.