Security forces fired tear gas as Sudanese protesters marched in the capital Khartoum on Sunday against the country’s military leadership, blaming it for an outbreak of violence in the Blue Nile state.
More than 30 people have been killed and 100 injured in tribal clashes that began last week between Hausa and Fung tribes in the southeastern state, close to the border with Ethiopia, according to Sudanese officials and the United Nations.
Officials said on Sunday that they would strengthen security in the state and investigate the clashes. Curfew has been declared in two cities.
Protesters in the capital marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan with signs reading “Stop Civil War,” “Blue Nile is Bleeding,” and “Cancel the Juba Peace Agreement.”
Sporadic outbreaks of violence have occurred in many parts of Sudan, including the eastern coastal regions and western Darfur, despite the signing of a nationwide peace deal by some rebel groups in Juba in 2020.
The anti-military movement, which has waged protests since the coup in October 2021, has accused the military of inciting internal conflict and failing to protect civilians.
“The continuation of the coup means more deaths as we saw in the Blue Nile, Darfur and other places,” said Mohamed Idris, 43, a protester in Khartoum.
Military leaders have said their takeover was necessary to maintain Sudan’s stability amid political infighting, and they are working to build peace agreements in Darfur and other regions.
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