Sudanese security forces killed one protester on Saturday, medics reported, during ongoing demonstrations against a military takeover that stalled the country’s transition to civilian governance last year.
In a statement, the pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors stated the person died as a consequence of “a bullet to the chest” in the capital’s twin city of Omdurman.
The latest death takes the total number of people killed in a crackdown on anti-coup protests since the military coup headed by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25 to 96, according to the committee.
Saturday’s protests came after thousands took to the streets Thursday to oppose the power grab, mainly in Khartoum but also elsewhere, renewing demands for civilian rule.
About 100 people were injured during Thursday’s demonstrations, according to the doctors’ committee.
At the same time two leading anti-coup figures from Sudan’s Communist Party were arrested. They were released on Friday.
The United Nations, along with the African Union and regional bloc IGAD, have been pushing to facilitate Sudanese-led talks to resolve the crisis after the latest coup in the northeast African country, one of the world’s poorest.
Burhan has threatened to eject UN ambassador Volker Perthes, accusing him of “intervention” in the country’s affairs, but civilian troops have refused to enter military-led negotiations.
Perthes warned in late March that unless Sudan’s civilian-led transition was resumed, the country would face “economic and security catastrophe.”