UN envoy condemns violence in Sudan after 2 killed in protests

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations envoy for Sudan on Sunday condemned the killing of two people in a violent crackdown on once-against pro-democracy protesters who took to the streets of the capital to denounce October’s military coup.

Hundreds of people marched in Khartoum on Saturday, with security forces violently dispersing the crowd and chasing them in the streets, according to activists.

“I am shocked by the violent deaths of two young protesters in Khartoum yesterday, once again: time to stop the violence,” UN envoy Volker Perters tweeted.

Two people were killed in protests near Karakla, Khartoum. One was shot dead by security forces and the other suffocated after inhaling tear gas, according to the Sudanese Doctors Committee of the pro-democracy movement.

Perth urged military authorities to lift the state of emergency in place since the October 25 coup and find a “peaceful way out of the current crisis”.

Sudan has been plunged into turmoil since a military takeover overturned its brief transition to democracy after three years of authoritarian rule by former strongman Omar al-Bashir. Bashir and the Islamist government he supports were ousted by the military in a popular uprising in April 2019.

Saturday’s protests were part of a ruthless demonstration over the past seven months calling for the military to hand over power to civilians. The government’s crackdown on anti-coup protests has killed at least 98 people and injured more than 4,300 since October, according to medical groups.

Protesters demand the removal of the military. However, the generals said they would only hand over power to an elected government. Elections will be held in July 2023 as planned in the constitutional document on the transition period, they said.

The United Nations, the African Union and the regional group of eight in East Africa known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development have been leading a joint effort to bridge the differences between the two sides and find a way out of the current impasse.

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