Sudan security forces fire tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters

Security forces used tear gas to disperse the protesters and arrested at least 113 people, mostly teachers, said lawyer Moez Hadra. (Reuters)

Sudanese security forces yesterday fired tear gas at an anti-coup rally by teachers at the start of a two-day civil disobedience call against last month’s military takeover.

Dozens of teachers carried banners reading “no, no to military rule” and demanded a transition to “full civilian rule” at a rally outside the education ministry in the capital Khartoum.

Nationwide anti-coup protests — including by tens of thousands on October 30 — have occurred since the October 25 coup but have been met by a deadly crackdown. At least 14 demonstrators have been killed and about 300 wounded, according to the independent Central Committee of Sudan’s Doctors.

There were no confirmed reports of casualties but about 87 teachers have been detained, according to the Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella of unions which called for the Sunday-Monday civil disobedience.

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