Teenager shot dead in Sudan coup protest after Hamdok recovered | News

Doctors say the 16-year-old was shot in the head by security forces in Omdurman as protesters reject a deal with the military.

A 16-year-old has died after being shot in the head by security forces in the Sudanese city of Omdurman, the Central Committee of Sudanese Physicians said in a statement.

The incident on Sunday came amid protests that continued despite Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s reinstatement in a political accord with military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who promised to release all political prisoners after weeks of deadly unrest caused by a coup.

Under the agreement, Hamdok, first appointed after the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in a 2019 uprising, will lead a civilian government of technocrats for a transition period.

The deal has met opposition from pro-democracy groups that have demanded full civilian rule. A hero to the protest movement, Hamdok quickly became the villain for some.

“Hamdok has sold the revolution,” protesters chanted after the deal was announced.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), a leading protest group, called it “treacherous”.

Tens of thousands of people took part in planned demonstrations in the capital Khartoum and the twin cities of Omdurman and Bahri. Security forces fired bullets and tear gas to disperse them, witnesses told Reuters news agency.

“Hamdok disappointed us. Our only option is the street,” said Omar Ibrahim, a 26-year-old protester in Khartoum.

The coup sparked mass demonstrations against the military. The killing on Sunday has left 41 dead in protests since the military coup on Oct. 25, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, affiliated with the protest movement, said.

Sudanese protesters raise national flags during a Nov. 21 demonstration on 40th Street in the twin city of Omdurman, calling for a return to civilian rule [AFP]

After an agreement was reached, Hamdok said he agreed to the deal to avoid more casualties.

“Sudanese blood is precious, let’s stop the bloodshed and focus the youth’s energies on edification and development,” he said at a signing ceremony broadcast on state television.

Al-Burhan said the deal would be inclusive. “We do not want to exclude anyone except, as we have agreed, the National Congress Party,” he said, referring to al-Bashir’s former ruling party.

However, the agreement made no mention of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), the civilian coalition that shared power with the military before the coup.

The FFC said it would not recognize an agreement with the armed forces.

“We reaffirm our clear and previously announced position: no negotiation and no partnership and no legitimacy for the putschists,” the alliance said in a statement.

000 9T47WnAn elderly Sudanese man waves the victory sign as protesters gather on Nov. 21 to call for a return to civilian rule in the capital, Khartoum [AFP]

Those who carried out and supported the coup should be brought to justice, it said.

Several of the resistance committees that have staged protests have also issued statements rejecting any deal with the military.

Hamdok was placed under house arrest when the military took power, derailing a move to elections in 2023.

The military dissolved Hamdok’s cabinet and arrested a number of civilians who held top positions as part of the power-sharing agreement agreed after al-Bashir’s overthrow.

Under Sunday’s deal, a constitutional statement signed in 2019 between the military and civilians will remain the basis for further talks.

Western powers that had supported Sudan’s political transition condemned last month’s takeover and suspended economic aid to Sudan, which is trying to recover from a deep economic crisis.

The United Nations welcomed Sunday’s deal, but said all sides must “urgently address unresolved issues to complete the political transition in an inclusive manner, while respecting human rights and the rule of law”.

“We also expect all those arrested on or after October 25 to be released immediately as a first gesture to implement this agreement,” the UN mission in Sudan said.

Ap21325501705552Sudanese protest against military takeover, which rocked the country’s fragile transition to democracy, in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sunday [Marwan Ali/AP Photo]


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