Sudan’s authorities order probe into mass protests

People protests against the October military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, Dec 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

KHARTOUM – Sudan's Security and Defense Council on Saturday ordered to speed up investigations into Thursday's mass protests in the capital Khartoum and neighboring areas which resulted in the deaths of four protesters and injuries of hundreds of others.

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The council held an emergency meeting at the Republican Palace in Khartoum, chaired by Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to discuss the security developments in the country.

The council, which groups representatives of the sovereign council and leaders of the security and military bodies, expressed regret over the casualties during Thursday's protests, and vowed to hold those who triggered the clashes between protesters and security forces accountable.

The Security and Defense Council expressed regret over the casualties during Thursday's protests, and vowed to hold those who triggered the clashes between protesters and security forces accountable

Security forces fired tear gases and live ammunition during Thursday's protests, and police confirmed later in a statement that four protesters were killed, while 297 others along with 49 policemen were injured in Omdurman locality, the most populated city in Sudan, situated on the western bank of the Nile River, opposite the capital Khartoum.

The country has been rocked by mass protests, and at least 52 people were killed in 11 large-scale street protests since Oct 25, 2021, when the general commander of the Sudanese army Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government, a move which triggered a political crisis in the country.

On Nov 21, Al-Burhan and then removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a political declaration, which included reinstating Hamdok as prime minister, but the deal has so far failed to calm the street and protesters asked the military to stay out of politics and demanded civilian rule.

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The protests were also fuelled by sky-rocketing prices of foods, gases and household essentials in the country.