More than 50 police officers injured in Sudan protests

Security forces remove barricades consisting of burned tires, paving stones and trees to open road to traffic after the protests held due to military takeover in Khartoum, Sudan on October 27, 2021. (Photo by Omer Erdem/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

58 police officers were injured during civilian protests against military rule in Sudan on Saturday, authorities said on Sunday.

In a statement, the Khartoum security committee also said that 114 people had been detained by security forces and will be arraigned in court.

Thousands of protesters opposed to military rule took to the streets on Saturday despite heavy deployment by the security forces, who had blocked bridges connecting the capital Khartoum to suburbs, cut phone lines and limited internet service prior to the protests.

The protestors also marched near the presidential palace in Khartoum for the second time in a week.

Sudan has been rocked by protests since a military takeover from a transitional government on October 25.

Following the takeover, civilian leader Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was placed under effective house arrest for weeks. He was reinstated last month under a deal promising elections for July 2023 but the protests have continued with demonstrators calling for a transition to civilian rule.

According to the independent Doctors’ Committee, at least 48 people have died in crackdowns during the protests while as many as 178 others have been injured.

Recent protests have seen civilians gather at major government buildings, including outside parliament, the presidential palace and army headquarters.

Khartoum’s state governor has previously warned that security forces will “deal with those who break the law and create chaos”.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)