Security forces have reportedly used live ammunition on pro-democracy protesters, killing four. Another person died after suffocating from tear gas.
Top UN rights official Michelle Bachelet has slammed the military's violent repression following the October 25 coup. Sudan's prime minister is under house arrest.
Demonstrations by the opponents of Sudan's military junta began on Saturday to protest the ouster of the civilian government. Rights activists fear further bloodshed as security forces crack down on demonstrators.
The crisis in Sudan is sending shock waves beyond the continent. The country is the focus of disparate interests, making it difficult for the international community to unite in a decisive stand to save its democracy.
The African Union has suspended Sudan's participation in activities until the restoration of a civilian-led authority. Earlier, the EU had condemned the army for toppling Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok's government.
Several people were killed and at least 140 injured in clashes between soldiers and protesters after Sudan's military seized power. The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis.
It has been two and half years since Sudanese protesters peacefully overthrew their dictator Omar al-Bashir in a jubilant moment for Sudan. But the path to democracy has not run smoothly. Infighting has plagued the country's joint military-civilian coalition and steep price rises have shaken people's faith in their leaders. For weeks, rumours had swirled of a coup d'état. This Monday morning, it happened: Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was arrested and military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan appeared on television, declaring a state of emergency and dissolving the country's ruling body. Is this the death knell for Sudan's revolution? Or will the military's actions breathe new life into the protest movement?
In the aftermath of the Sudanese military seizing control in Khartoum, amateur footage has been emerging, some of it claiming to show violent scenes and shots fired at protesters. We have been able to verify some images showing protests in Khartoum. Also, with internet access severely curtailed as the coup happened, how is it that footage can still emerge from Sudan via social media?
"The civilian-led transitional government should be immediately restored," State Department spokesman Ned Price tells reporters after a military takeover in Sudan.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolves transitional authorities and declares a state of emergency during a statement on Sudan state television. The announcement comes after armed forces detained figures of the government in charge of leading the transition to democracy since the April 2019 ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir.
Sudanese citizens take to the streets and block the roads with burning tyres in protest against the military and the arrest of Sudan's prime minister. Armed forces detained Omar al-Bashir on October 25th over his refusal to support their "coup" after weeks of tensions between the military and civilian figures sharing power since the ouster of the autocrat.
Despite a 2020 peace deal and the promise of elections, violence has increased and anti-government demonstrations are gathering pace. But experts say the situation is complex and a hard military coup remains unlikely.