SUDAN –The protests were done in Sudan, demanding the military to hand down the power. Protesters were shot upon by the security forces. The deaths on the day of the massacre were cited to be around 130 by to the activists. However, the investigation done by the prosecution found only 87 deaths and 168 wounded, which angered the opposition activists resulting in new protests.
According to the new power-sharing accord between the military and the opposition, there should be an independent investigation once the new government is formed.
The investigation, led by Fath al-Rahman Saeed, concluded that three officers violated orders by taking the security forces into the protest area outside the defence ministry. The forces, however, were ordered to clear out another area of the city. He just gave the initials of the officers charged and did not fully name them.
Mr. Saeed was quoted saying,” broke the law and entered sit-in area.” He further mentioned that, ”[they] removed the barricades, fired tear gas and fired intense and random bullets that led to the killing and wounding of protesters and the burning of tents.”
He also said that,” Some outlaws exploited this gathering and formed another gathering in what is known as the Colombia area, where negative and illegal practices took place. It became a security threat, forcing the authorities to make necessary arrangements to clear the area.”
This massacre was a heinous act, killing innocent sit-in protestors, sending huge shock wave through the opposition, which have been camping a mass protest for months that also resulted in the removal of the president Omar al-Bashir in April.
As an aftermath to the killings, thousands of protestors came out to the streets after a couple of weeks. This forced the hands of The General in resuming talks on a proposed power-sharing Government. As a result of which, the two sides have agreed to share power.