Central Sudan: Four teenage protesters killed by security forces


Sudanese protesters carry placards during a rally in the capital Khartoum to condemn the “massacre” of five demonstrators including four high school students at a rally in a central town of Al-Obeida on July 29, 2019. The placards read in Arabic : (R) ” the killing of a student is the killing of a nation” (L) ” AL-Obeida is bleeding.” (AFP)

Tue 30 July 2019:

Four school children among five shot dead by security forces during rally against rising costs, opposition groups say.

At least five protesters, including four high school students, have been shot dead after security forces broke up a student protest in the Sudanese city of El-Obeid, opposition groups have said. The killings on Monday came a day before protest leaders and ruling generals are set to hold new talks on Sudan‘s transition following the removal of former leader, Omar al-Bashir.

Gunfire rang out as teenagers rallied against fuel and bread shortages in the capital of North Kordofan state, residents said, at a time of heightened tensions between opposition campaigners and military rulers that took power following Bashir’s removal. A key protest group, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), said “live ammunition” had been used against a “rally of school students” in the central town of El-Obeid.

In a post on its Facebook page, it urged “all citizens and medics” to head to hospitals treating the wounded. “We call on our people to take to the streets … to denounce the Al-Obeid massacre, to demand the perpetrators be brought to justice,” said the SPA, which had launched the initial protests.Authorities announced a nighttime curfew in four Sudanese towns following the incident. There was no immediate statement from the ruling military council.

The acting governor of North Kordofan, Mohamed Khidr Mohamed Hamid, told Al-Arabiya TV there had been a “slight friction” between protesters and security forces. He said he could not confirm who opened fire and a committee would investigate.Videos circulating on social media purported to show students protesting outside El-Obeid’s main hospital against the killings and injuries.

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