8 were injured by live fire, three of whom remain in a critical condition.
In Sudan, 178 people were injured during demonstrations calling for “civilian rule” yesterday, Saturday 25 December, including eight due live fire, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee.
In a brief statement, the Committee said that it had “registered 178 injuries, including 8 due to live fire.”
Three of those eight people remain in a critical condition.
Demonstrations took place in several cities across Sudan yesterday They were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, the protest movement’s leading group. In Khartoum, the capital, protestors had tried to reach the presidential palace, though were blocked by security forces.
The authorities cut off the internet for several hours before the start of demonstrations, which called for civilian rule.
Reuters news agency have quoted an eyewitness saying that the internet appeared to have been disrupted in Khartoum in the early hours of Saturday morning, ahead of planned protests.
On Friday it was announced that the number of casualties in the country since 25 October had risen to 48, after another protester died of his wounds.
Since 25 October Sudan has experienced an acute crisis, after the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Sovereign Council and transitional ministries. In addition, al-Burhan dismissed several governors, and arrested party leaders, ministers, and officials. Protests against these measures, described as a “military coup”, began immediately and have continued since.
Since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, opinion-makers, journalists, human-rights defenders, and others who criticize the Sudanese authorities have been at risk of threats, harassment, and even arrest.