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Police disperse hundreds of protesters

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Sudanese police fired tear gas in the capital Khartoum on Saturday in an attempt to disperse hundreds of pro-democracy protesters demonstrating against General Abdel Fattah al Burhan.


Security forces had erected road blocks on bridges crossing the Nile river linking Khartoum to its suburbs to deter protesters who had vowed to take to the streets in large numbers.


The demonstrators oppose Burhan's October power-grab and are also highlighting heavy fighting in Sudan's southern Blue Nile state, about 450 kilometres south of Khartoum.


They accuse the military leadership and the ex-rebel leaders who signed a 2020 peace deal of exacerbating ethnic tensions there for personal gain.


Sudan's latest coup derailed a transition to civilian rule, sparking near-weekly protests and a crackdown by security forces that has left at least 114 killed, according to pro-democracy medics.


Nine were killed on June 30, the medics said, when tens of thousands had gathered and their deaths reinvigorated the movement.


On July 4, Burhan vowed in a surprise move to make way for a civilian government.


But the country's main civilian umbrella group rejected the move as a "ruse". Protesters have continued to press the army chief to resign. — AFP


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