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Sudanese security forces fire tear gas at pro-democracy protesters

Opponents of the military coup wave national flags as they take part in a protest in the Khartoum North, Sudan, Nov. 13, 2021.

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas on pro-democracy demonstrators Saturday as nationwide protests continued following a recent coup.

“Million-person” marches have been held by the pro-democracy movement since Sudan’s civilian government was ousted on October 25 in a military takeover.

Security forces closed bridges between central Khartoum and its twin cities of Omdurman and Khartoum North. As protesters began to gather in those cities, security forces fired tear gas and chased them to prevent them from reaching central meeting points.

Saturday’s protests came two days after Sudanese military chief General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan reappointed himself as the head of the country’s interim governing body.

The military coup occurred after weeks of escalating tensions between military and civilian leaders over Sudan’s transition to democracy.

The coup has threatened to derail the process that began after the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a 2019 popular uprising.

At least 15 coup protesters have been killed by excessive force used by the country’s security forces, according to the United Nations and Sudanese doctors, including one person who died by gunfire Saturday in Omdurman, according to Agence France-Presse.

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