Protesters return to Sudan streets, calling for more reforms

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese protesters returned to the streets on Tuesday to pressure transitional authorities, demanding justice for those killed in the uprising last year that led to the military’s ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

For the most part, the demonstrations passed peacefully, but there were some reports of violence. As the rallies got underway, police used tear gas to disperse protesters marching on a road leading to the airport in the capital, Khartoum.

One protester was shot in the chest and later died at the Omdurman Educational Hospital, said Head of the Intensive Care Unit Dr Mohammed al-Haj. It was not immediately clear whether police were behind the shooting. Information Minister Faisal Saleh confirmed the protester’s death in brief televised comments late Tuesday, and mentioned “a number of wounded” in the capital and other provinces.

Protesters also filled the streets in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, where police allegedly opened fire to disperse the crowds, wounding six people as young as 12 years old, according to Adam Regal, a spokesman for a local organisation that helps run displacement camps in the area.

Two were hit in the head by stray bullets, he said.

The “million-man march” was called by the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, and the so-called Resistance Committees, which were instrumental in the protests against al-Bashir and the generals who took over power for months after his removal.

Security forces closed off major roads and streets leading to government and military headquarters in Khartoum ahead of the protests, which fall on the anniversary of the coup that brought al-Bashir to power in 1989, toppling Sudan’s previously elected government.