Two feared dead as Sudan military disperse protesters

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Sudanese protesters close Street 60 with burning tyres and pavers on June 3, 2019 (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Sudanese protesters close Street 60 with burning tyres and pavers on June 3, 2019 (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Two people have been killed and several others injured after security forces in Sudan dispersed a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum.

According to witnesses and the medical association affiliated to the protesters, Sudanese security forces entered the site of a sit-in in central Khartoum early on Monday, in an attempt to disperse the protest.

In response to the gunfire, some protesters have blocked a street in Khartoum with bricks and burning tyres.

The violence comes amid a persistent deadlock in talks between protesters and Sudan’s military rulers over demands to hand over power to civilians.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC), which assumed power in April when the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir, has offered to let protesters form a government to run the country but insists on maintaining overall authority during an interim period.

Demonstrators are however demanding that civilians run the country during the transitional period as well ahead of possible elections in a few years.

The TMC has repeatedly said it would not use force to disperse the protesters, often comprising thousands of young men and women who take turns to camp outside the Defence Ministry.

The council has not issued a statement on the violence as yet.

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