Sudan: One person killed in protests demanding faster reforms

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One person has been killed and several others injured during protests in Sudan, a government spokesman has confirmed.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in three cities on Tuesday: the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and the twin cities of Khartoum North and Omdurman. While the demonstrations were largely peaceful one person is confirmed to have died but no details have been released about the fatality or the several other people injured on Tuesday.

Demands for faster reforms

Protesters told several reporters on Tuesday that the demonstrations were organised to demand faster political reforms in Sudan, more than a year since former president Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power. Protest groups played a pivotal role in the ousting of Bashir and the forming of a civilian-led transitional government but demonstrators justice still hasn’t been served over the killing of protesters during the transition of power.

The protest organisers are also calling for swift public trials of al-Bashir and his top officials in his government over a series of human rights violations that took place during his 30-year rule.

Demonstrators are making a series of other demands, too, including the appointment of civilian governors for Sudan’s provinces and a diminished role for the military in political and economic affairs.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.