For the fourth day in a row, Sudanese demonstrators continue their protests Thursday against the decisions of the Sudanese army chief, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to dissolve the institutions of the transitional government, while international pressures are mounting for the return of civilians to power.
On Thursday, the demonstrators re-deployed the obstacles in the roads to cut them, while medical sources reported the killing of seven demonstrators and a soldier on Monday, and the arrival of other bodies to hospitals as a result of violence in the following days.
On Monday, Al-Burhan announced the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council and the government and the imposition of a state of emergency in the country, after the army suspended most of the ministers and civilian officials in power. This sparked anger at home, criticism abroad, and halted a transitional process that began two years ago with a difficult partnership between the military and civilians who led an unprecedented massive uprising that brought down human life, and was supposed to end with elections and the handover of power to a completely civilian government.
“On Monday in Khartoum, seven corpses of protesters and the body of a soldier from the Rapid Support Forces entered the morgues,” Sudanese Forensic Medicine Director Hisham Fakiri al-Khamis told AFP. .
The streets of the Sudanese capital are still witnessing an intense security presence for the army and the Rapid Support Forces. The security forces are working to remove the barricades and obstacles erected by the protesters to block the roads. But the demonstrators are returning it after the security forces leave, a protester told AFP on Thursday.
“Since yesterday (Wednesday), the security forces have been trying to remove the barricades we put in the roads and are firing tear gas and rubber bullets,” said Hatem Ahmed, 26, in the Bahri district, east of Khartoum. “.
On Wednesday evening, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the overthrown government, which rejected the coup, issued a statement on its Facebook page, in which it indicated that the putschists “are practicing the most heinous violations against the Sudanese revolutionaries and commit violations that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
She added, “Neighbourhoods and streets are surrounded by armored cars, soldiers armed with guns, women are dragged, children are arrested, and peaceful revolutionaries are shot with live bullets, which led to the death of a number of martyrs and dozens of wounded.”
The security forces had intensified their campaign targeting activists and demonstrators protesting against the coup over the past days, and spread throughout Khartoum in an attempt to put an end to the popular movements rejecting Al-Burhan’s decisions.
Among the arrested are the assistant head of the opposition Umma Party, Siddiq al-Mahdi, son of the late leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, and lawyer Ismail al-Taj, a member of the Sudanese Professionals Association, who leads unions and played a key role in the protests against al-Bashir.
Activists on social media called for a “million demonstration” on Saturday, October 30, against the coup.
On Wednesday night, demonstrators chanted during the protests, according to AFP journalists, “October 30, the proof is in Kober,” referring to Kober Prison in north Khartoum, where Bashir is currently residing.
– International pressure –
Abroad, international pressures escalated, as the African Union announced the suspension of Sudan’s membership in it, while the World Bank froze its aid to the country mired in a severe economic crisis.
The United States also announced, on Tuesday, the suspension of part of its aid to Sudan. Washington pledged to provide this aid after it removed Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism at the end of 2020. The European Union also threatened to suspend its aid.
The army tried to absorb international criticism by returning the dismissed Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who was arrested on Monday, to his home, after Western countries and the United Nations stressed the need to release him.
But his office said that he is still “under heavy guard,” noting that “a number of ministers and political leaders are still under arrest in unknown locations.”
The coup prompted about thirty Sudanese ambassadors in several countries to defect and support the demonstrators.
The proof of the dismissal of a number of them, including the ambassadors of the United States, China, France, Switzerland and Qatar.
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