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Sudan police kill protester in anti-military demonstrations

Mazjoob is the 125th protester killed in weekly protests launched after the October 2021 coup.

Sudanese police have admitted that a protester was shot dead by their troops on Tuesday during a demonstration against military rule near the capital.

Police said the shooting was an individual action against orders and that “necessary legal proceedings” had been initiated immediately against the police officer involved.

“We have seen the video that has been widely circulated, including the fall of one of the protesters due to the behavior of one of our police officers, and we confirm here that the police have taken all necessary legal procedures against him,” the police said. .

“We also emphasize that this was individual behavior that was rejected by the police and against the orders we gave to our troops on the ground.”

The protester, identified as Ibrahim Mazjoob, was killed in the Sharg al-Nil area near Sudan’s capital. He became the 125th protester killed in weekly protests that began after the October 2021 coup that plunged the country into crisis.

“The martyrdom of the revolutionary Ibrahim Majzoob is another crime added to the crimes committed by the police, the coup authority and its military council,” the Central Committee of Sudanese doctors said in a tweet on Wednesday.

The demonstrations against the military and economic misery were met with violence, with hundreds of activists also arrested under emergency laws.

Police on Tuesday fired tear gas at protesters marching towards the presidential palace in Khartoum and neighboring Omdurman, witnesses told Reuters news agency.

Khartoum State Police said in a statement that they were investigating the death and that protesters had been “aggressive” towards police, using tear gas, stones and Molotov cocktails, and wounding several police officers.

The protests come as military leaders who took over the coup are negotiating a deal with the civilian political parties previously in power to restore civilian government.

Tensions have recently emerged within the military, with army leaders demanding a clear timetable for the integration of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, as well as a larger group of participants in the negotiations.

Leaders of the Rapid Support Forces have denied any desire for any tension with the military, saying they are determined to form a single army.

The resistance committees, which organized the weekly protests, have dismissed the talks as elite deals and are demanding the full withdrawal of the army from power.