Dozens are feared dead after Sudanese security forces launched a massive crackdown against protesters at a central Khartoum sit-in. Heavily armed paramilitaries attacked the site of a sit-in in the capital that has been the centre of a campaign to bring democratic reform shortly after dawn on Monday, firing teargas and live ammunition. Witnesses reported that the security personnel belonged to the feared Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary force that was heavily armed by Omar al-Bashir, the former president. Bashir’s repressive 30-year rule ended in April when he was ousted by the army following months of massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Khartoum and elsewhere. Factions within the military appear to have decided to put an end to the pro-reform protests after months of negotiations with civilian leaders and activists for transition to democracy. Tensions have been building in recent days, with senior military officers threatening to clear “criminals” off the streets….
Source: 13 Sudanese protesters killed by security forces at sit-in outside Khartoum defense ministry