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Cape Town — Protests over the military’s seizure of power in a coup in October 2021 have shook Sudan’s capital city Khartoum, with 39 people killed so far. Abdalla Hamdok, the country’s civilian prime minister, was placed under house arrest for opposing the coup orchestrated by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Transitional Military Council.
On November 17, 2021, security forces shot and killed at least 15 anti-coup demonstrators, according to local medics. According to a pro-democracy doctors’ association, all of the deaths occurred in Khartoum, primarily in the city’s northern regions.
Witnesses at the protest say most of the casualties suffered gunshot wounds to the head, neck or torso, but added that the demonstrators, undeterred and behind makeshift barricades, kept up their protests well into the evening.
“The day’s massacre reinforces our slogans: no negotiations, no partnership, no compromise” with the military, said protest organisers.
Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Sudan’s military the country stood to regain badly needed international aid if it restored the “legitimacy” of civilian government. Washington has suspended some U.S.$700 million in assistance to Sudan since the coup.
This comes as the U.S. calls for the reinstatement of Abdalla Hamdok and his Cabinet.