(RoyalPatriot.com )- On Thursday, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters in the capital’s twin city of Omdurman who were demonstrating against the killing of dozens in a post-coup crackdown.
Thursday’s protests were the latest demonstrations that began after the October 25 coup led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan that derailed the civilian/military power-sharing deal negotiated after the 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
At least 72 people have been killed during the ongoing crackdown against anti-coup protesters.
According to UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, there have been over 120 violations against children in Sudan’s post-coup violence. Nine children have been killed in demonstrations, 13 others were injured, and children as young as twelve were detained by security forces.
The latest round of protests came as US Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee and US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield were holding meetings in Khartoum with the bereaved families of those killed during the months-long protests.
In a statement on Thursday, officials from the US embassy in Khartoum “strongly condemned” the disproportionate use of force against protesters, especially the use of live ammunition, sexual violence, and arbitrary detentions.
The officials warned that the United States will continue its pause on assistance to the Sudanese government until the violence is ended and the civilian-led government restored.
After the October coup, the United States suspended the $700 million in assistance to Sudan as part of a wider international effort.
The latest civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists began on Tuesday after at least seven protestors were killed Monday, with many shops closed, streets barricaded, and people rallying across the country.
Before their last match in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Wednesday, players from the Sudanese national soccer team knelt in prayer for those killed in the ongoing demonstrations.
Sudanese authorities have repeatedly denied that security forces are using live ammunition against protesters. They also insist that scores of security personnel have been wounded during the protests.
Last week, a police general was stabbed to death during a demonstration.