Sudan protesters shot

This item appears on page 18 of the July 2019 issue.

Civilian protesters in Khartoum, Sudan, accused Sudanese troops of firing on the group on May 14, killing at least four people. Also, one member of the military was killed in a retaliatory attack. Five men, described as civilians, were later arrested on accusations that they were responsible for the attacks.

President Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the military in April 2019, and the protests were against the military’s being involved in the formation of a new government. Citizens want free, democratic elections, while a military council is proposing that the government be formed by senior military officers before transitioning into a democracy.

The military council blames “rogue elements” for the shootings on May 14. Hours before the shooting began, it was announced that the council and civilian leaders had agreed on the formation of a temporary government that will transition into a fully civilian government in three years.

On June 3, the military opened fire on pro-democracry protesters outside of a military outpost, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens more. The military claimed it was not targeting the main protest group but an outlying group who posed a danger to peaceful protesters.