May 22, 2019
Foreign

Clashes in Sudan Leave Five Dead

Clashes in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan have left four Sudanese and a member of the country’s security forces dead.

BBC reports that the fatalities occurred as a result of gunfire at the sit-in outside military Headquarters where demonstrators continued to press home their demand for democratic governance.

Demonstrators accused soldiers of being responsible for the casualties, while the army attributed it to “unidentified elements”

A transitional military council has been at the helm since the toppling of the country’s former strongman, Omar al-Bashir last month.

Protesters had adamantly occupied the square in front of the headquarters since 6 April, five days before the president was overthrown by the military.

The latest development is sequel to announcement by protest organizers and the military that they had agreed on the structure of a new administration.

BBC’s Alastair Leithead say the gunfire on the streets may point to a division within the military and an attempt to destabilise this process.

And that some generals may feel frustrated that the sit-in continues despite major concessions from the military, while demonstrators feel they cannot leave the streets until they get what they want.

Protests against Omar al-Bashir’s started in December 2018 over his government’s decision to triple the price of bread. It soon developed into widespread anger led by doctors against Al-Bashir’s 30-year rule.

Culled from BBC

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