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Sudanese protest in Khartoum calling for jsutice two years after bloody attack on peaceful sit-in on 3 June 2021 (ST photo)June 3, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Thousands of Sudanese took part in a protest calling to bring to justice those responsible for the killing of more than two hundred demonstrators outside the army general command in Khartoum on 3 June 2019.

A police officer has been shot dead during the peaceful protest outside the premises of the council of ministers.

Two years after the bloody violence, the independent committee tasked with the investigation into the attack still did not hand over its findings.

The attack was perpetrated by security forces from the disbanded National Intelligence and Security Services and the Rapid Support Forces. Activists claim that the operation against the pro-democracy sit-in was planned and implemented by the former Transitional Military Council.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the cabinet and the Attorney General buildings in Khartoum chanting slogans calling for justice such as "The people want retribution for the martyr". Also, some of the participants chanted slogans hostile to the government, such as "Down, down to the blood partnership" referring to the joint civilian-military transitional authority.

To avoid any possible clashes with its forces, the army since the early morning closed the roads leading to its headquarters in central Khartoum. While the police distributed water to the protesters in several locations.

The General Attorney, for his part, deployed 20 prosecutors with the police forces tasked with the protection of public facilities.

Observers say the demonstration gathered those who criticize the failure of the transitional government to achieve the goals of the December 2019 revolution, and justice, in particular. They stressed that this portion demands to correct the course of the revolution.

"But others who want to topple the transitional government also joined the protests," they add.

In a statement released before the rally, the Sudanese Communist Party called for the overthrow of the transitional government and the dissolution of the partnership between the military and civilians.

Salah Shuaib, a former spokesperson of the Sudanese Professional Association the spearhead of the revolution, warned that next time protesters would call for Hamdok’s resignation because he ignored to implement the slogans of the revolution.

Hamdok appears as the "Chairman of the Board of Directors of an oil company more than representing the values of the revolution," he wrote.

Policeman killed

Following the protest, the Council of Ministers stated that a police officer was shot dead by an unknown gunman after an uncontrolled group of protesters clashed with the police forces outside the Council of Ministers buildings.

The statement stressed that the agitators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police forces.

The statement stated that the demonstration was peaceful and the protesters "expressed their opinion with full freedom and national responsibility".

The police department in Khartoum has not yet issued a statement on the incident.

(ST)

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