Paramilitary forces backed by Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) have fired at protesters in the southeastern state of Sennar, killing one.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred in El-Souk on Sunday when residents rallied demanding that members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leave the town.
On Saturday, thousands of Sudanese held rallies across major cities to mark 40 days since security forces killed dozens when they stormed a protest camp in the capital Khartoum on June 3.
The demonstrations tagged “Justice First” marches, were organized by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) which has been spearheading the protests since December that led to the removal of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir by the military in April.
Doctors close to the protesters said over 100 demonstrators were killed in the June 3 raid which happened after talks between protest leaders and military generals, who seized power after al-Bashir’s overthrow, collapsed over who should head a new governing body.
The ruling military council and civilian opposition have since agreed in principle to a power-sharing arrangement ahead of elections, although the deal is yet to be finalized and signed.