Sudan police fire tear gas at Khartoum protesters

Tens of thousands of people march on the streets demanding the ruling military hand over to civilians. (Reuters)

Sudanese police fired tear gas at protesters in three districts of Khartoum as thousands gathered in response to a call for a mass demonstration Sunday against the ruling generals, witnesses said.

Tear gas was used in the northern district of Bari and in Mamura and Arkweit, eastern Khartoum, as protesters chanted “Civilian rule! Civilian rule!”

Security forces also fired tear gas at demonstrators in the eastern town of Gadaref, a witness said.

A leading protest group also called for a march on Sudan’s presidential palace despite a heavy security deployment.

“We call on our revolutionary people in the capital to go to the republican palace... to seek justice for the martyrs and for an unconditional transfer of power to civilians,” the Sudanese Professionals Association said in a statement on Twitter.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53