According to AFP, soldiers in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, opened fire on protesters Monday night, October 25, killing three people.
After plotting a coup on Monday, Sudan’s senior military general announced a state of emergency and dissolved the government, prompting thousands of people to take to the streets to protest.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan made the announcement after the armed forces detained civilian lead of the transition to full civilian rule after the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.
“In order to resolve the revolution’s path, we have decided to impose a nationwide state of emergency… “I’m going to dissolve the interim sovereign council and the cabinet,” Burhan stated.
Following his speech, clashes erupted in Khartoum’s capital, with the information ministry alleging that soldiers “fired live rounds on protesters opposing the military coup outside the army headquarters.”
According to the Sudan Doctors’ Central Committee, three protesters were killed and over 140 others were injured when military opened fire.
The demonstrators, who waved flags and erected burning barricades out of tyres, yelled, “Civilian rule is the people’s choice.”
The move by the Sudanese military drew rapid condemnation from the United States, which has suspended aid and called for the restoration of civilian government.
The United Nations has called for the prime minister’s “prompt release,” and diplomats in New York told AFP that the Security Council will meet on Tuesday to examine the crisis.