After the demonstrations called by civil groups in Sudan began on Thursday in a number of declared assembly points in Khartoum and some states, in rejection of “military rule” according to the slogans raised, the Sudanese News Agency reported that demonstrators closed some streets of the capital in the absence of police forces.
The information also reported that a number of other protesters gathered on Al-Qasr Street while they were on their way to the Republican Palace, and there the police fired tear gas.
This came after thousands took to the streets of the capital, and activists broadcast clips and videos of the start of the November 25 demonstrations rejecting the political agreement signed between the President of the Sovereignty Council and Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on the 21st of this month.
The protesters called for “the overthrow of the military component and its guardianship over the political process,” as they put it.
The clips circulating from the Al-Samrab suburb, north of the city of Bahri, or Al-Kalakla, south of Khartoum, and others, showed the departure of thousands. While the demonstrators in the Omdurman area chanted, “The rule of the military does not thank you” and “Civility is the choice of the people,” in a clear indication of the rejection of the agreement between civilians and the military, according to Agence France-Presse.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Hamdok stressed the need to protect the processions and the right of expression in the country.
From today’s demonstrations in Khartoum (November 25, 2021 – AFP)
A test to agree with the proof
He also stressed that the right to demonstrate is guaranteed to the Sudanese people. He said, “We spoke strictly with the security services not to interfere with the peaceful demonstrations” that will take place in Khartoum and other cities of the country today, and considered this a real test and a challenge that may break the agreement if there is an attack on the demonstrators.
In addition, he considered, in a press interview yesterday, today’s processions, “the biggest test” in front of the framework political agreement, which he signed with the army chief last Sunday.
It is noteworthy that the two sides signed a political agreement at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum on November 21 (2021), which led to the return of Hamdok to his previous position, and the release of a number of detainees, including politicians and activists.
The aforementioned agreement also restored the partnership between the military and political components, after the armed forces imposed on October 25 a state of emergency, suspending some provisions of the constitutional document.
However, this consensus, which came, while a number of detainees are still under arrest, angered civil groups who were among the backbone of Hamdok’s supporters.