More than 30 people were killed by security forces who stormed the main protest camp in the capital Khartoum in the most brutal massacre since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.
The Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), one of the main opposition groups that organized the Sudanese revolution that started in December, said Monday’s crackdown amounted to a “bloody massacre”.
“We are holding the Transitional Military Council (TMC) responsible for what happened this morning,” the SPA said, referring to the ruling military council, which currently runs the country.
Revolutionaries have called on people to take part in night marches and block the main roads as part of “total civil disobedience” to “paralyse public life” across the north African country.
The Sudan Doctors’ Committee said on Monday that the death toll, which includes at least one child, is rising and has been difficult to count in the sit-in area outside the military complex in Khartoum.
The group said hundreds of people have been wounded, mostly from gunfire, and that according to witnesses, bodies of protesters shot dead were disposed of in the Nile River near the site of the protest sit-in.
Witnesses said the main sit-in outside the defence ministry had been cleared by the repressive military forces. Footage shared on social media showed chaotic scenes of people fleeing through streets as sustained bursts of gunfire crackled in the air.
Protesters poured onto streets elsewhere in Khartoum and beyond in response, setting up barricades and roadblocks with rocks and burning tires.
The doctors’ committee said forces had opened fire inside the city’s East Nile Hospital and had chased protesters.
It said another hospital near the site of the sit-in had been surrounded and that volunteers were prevented from reaching it.
Demonstrators have remained on the streets since Bashir was forced out of power to demand the TMC relinquish power - at the earliest possible date - to civilians.
Revolutionaries in Sudan have been steadfast in their opposition to increasingly brazen oppression from the military and other counter-revolutionary forces.