Sudanese security forces shot dead at least one protester on Saturday in cracking down on protests against the coup, doctors say, after the military tightened its grip by forming a new governing council.

The pro-democracy protests come nearly three weeks after Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ousted the government, arrested civilian leaders and declared a state of emergency.

Other protesters in the twin city of Khartoum were injured by “live ammunition”, he added.

An AFP correspondent reported hearing gunshots during a demonstration in eastern Khartoum.

Tear gas was also fired during numerous protests in Khartoum and neighboring towns, as security forces sought to disperse the protesters, according to witnesses.

“No, no to military rule”, “Civilian rule is the choice of the people” and “Down with the whole council,” shouted protesters in southern Khartoum.

Thousands of people gathered across the country, with protests taking place in the towns of Atbara and Wad Madani.

The same situation in the central state of North Kordofan, the city of Port Sudan and the ‘Kassala state, according to reports.

The army’s seizure of power on October 25 drew broad international condemnation, as did the murderous crackdown on street protests by people demanding the restoration of the country’s democratic transition.

Protesters’ hopes that the military would back down were dashed on Thursday, when Burhan appointed head of a new ruling Sovereign Council that excludes the country’s main civilian bloc, prompting new condemnations from the West.

Source: News agencies