LGBTI activists live in fear amid renewed Sudan protests


Queer activists in Sudan say they’re living in fear after police on Monday fired tear gas at protesters during renewed pro-democracy protests seeking an end to the country’s political deadlock. Daily life in Sudan has been disrupted by ongoing protests in which pro-democracy groups demand that the military should not be part of the government, arguing that the army cannot be trusted to lead the transition to democracy. “Internet partially back……arrests still going on,” according to an update from a Sudanese gay rights advocate (name withheld for security reasons). A trio of Sudanese LGBT human rights organizations released a statement last month, condemning the recent coup and calling for international support for the democratic transition in the northeast African country. An Al Jazeera correspondent in Khartoum reported that Sudanese police fired tear gas Monday at protesters, who rallied near the presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum, to voice their anger against a military deal that re-instated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Reports note that thousands of people took to the streets in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities on Monday as part of relentless demonstrations against the October military coup and a subsequent deal that has allowed the military to remain part of the transitional council formed in 2019 after the overthrow of longtime President Omar al-Bashir.

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