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Sudanese officers fire tear gas as thousands protest coup

Sudanese protesters fly a banner bearing a crossed out image of coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, as they take to the streets to call for justice for those killed since last year's military power grab
— Khartoum (AFP)

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Thursday to disperse thousands of protesters calling for justice for scores of people killed since last year's military coup, which deepened the country's political crisis.

Some protesters flew flags and carried portraits of those killed in earlier crackdowns, while others waved a banner with the crossed out image of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who led the military takeover last year.

Unrest has gripped Sudan since Burhan seized power in October 2021, derailing the country's transition to civilian rule established following the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Security forces later fired tear gas canisters to break up the crowds, AFP reporters said.

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