Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting the military takeover in Sudan on Monday, marking the largest anti-coup demonstration yet.
On Saturday morning, the streets of Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, were packed with protesters chanting anti-military slogans and waving anti-coup banners.
“No to military rule, yes to civilian rule,” protesters chanted in social media videos.
According to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD), which is aligned with the civil component of the now-dissolved Sovereign Council, at least three people were shot dead by the military.
According to the CCSD, one person was shot in the head and another was shot in the stomach.
At least 100 others were also injured during the protests, according to the CCSD, when the military used live bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds in several areas across the country.
Crowds of protesters chanted anti-military slogans and waved flags and anti-coup banners during the demonstrations.
The activist coalition Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) organized the nationwide protests, which were instrumental in organizing the 2019 Sudan uprising that led to President Omar al-three-decade Bashir’s rule being overthrown.
The SPA is calling on protesters to join a “million-man march” against the military takeover, demanding the restoration of the country’s transitional civilian government.
“We are here to tell the world that we will not accept any military interference to decide the fate of our country,” one protester said Saturday.
“This country should be ruled by a civilian government. Military leaders shouldn’t be involved in any political decision. They are here to protect the country and its people,” another protester said.
According to the CCSD, 13 people have been killed and 140 others injured in protests since the military takeover.
Demonstrators also demanded that Sudan’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, resign on Saturday.
The coup on October 25 came after months of rising tensions in Sudan, where military and civilian groups have shared power in the years since Bashir’s ouster. Sudan has been ruled by a shaky alliance between the two since 2019.