Sudan military denies breaking up protest sit-in, 9 dead

TOPSHOT – Sudanese protesters gather for a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum on May 19, 2019. – Talks between Sudan’s ruling military council and protesters are set to resume, army rulers announced, as Islamic movements rallied for the inclusion of sharia in the country’s roadmap. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Nine protesters were shot dead on Monday as Sudan’s ruling military tried to break up a sit-in protest outside army headquarters in Khartoum, a doctors’ committee close to demonstrators said.

It said the death toll “from the massacre today has risen to nine martyrs, with four new martyrs”, since its last statement, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said on its Facebook page.

Sudan’s military rulers denied trying to break up a protest sit-in “by force”.

“We did not disperse the sit-in by force,” said Shamseddine Kabbashi, spokesperson for the ruling military council.

“The tents are there, and the youth are moving freely,” he told Sky News Arabia.