- Sudanese security forces used live bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting the military’s growing grip on the country.
- The Sudanese military overthrew the transitional government and detained several officials and politicians.
According to activists, Sudanese security forces used live bullets and tear gas to disperse protestors against the military’s growing hold on the country on Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring many more.
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched to the streets across Sudan to demonstrate against the military’s takeover last month. International condemnation of the coup has erupted as huge protests in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan.
According to the Sudan Doctors Committee, the deaths on Saturday took occurred in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman, with four people murdered by bullets and one killed by a tear gas canister. According to the report, several additional protestors were injured, including by bullets.
The pro-democracy marches took place two days after coup leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan reappointed himself as chairman of Sudan’s temporary governing body, the Sovereign Council.
The pro-democracy alliance was enraged by the move, as were the US and other countries had pushed the generals to rescind their coup.
“This is an unlawful council in my opinion, and this was a unilateral decision made by Burhan alone,” protester Wigdan Abbas, a 45-year-old health employee, said. “It was a choice made by one person… without consulting the freedom & change coalition.”
The coup put an end to a planned shift.
On Oct. 25, the Sudanese military overthrew the transitional government and detained several officials and politicians.
More than two years after a popular revolt forced the resignation of longstanding tyrant Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist regime, the takeover shattered a fragile planned transition to democratic rule.
The Sudanese Professionals Association and the so Resistance Committees, both main groups behind the revolt against al-Bashir in April 2019, planned Saturday’s protests.
The Sudan Doctors Committee is also a part of the pro-democracy movement, as are other political parties and movements.
The movement has sought a complete surrender to civilians to manage the democratic transition, rather than returning to the power-sharing accord that established the overthrown transitional government late in 2019.
On Saturday, protesters in Khartoum’s suburbs waved Sudanese flags and posters of deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, whose been held under house detention since the coup.
“Civilian, civilian,” they yelled, referring to their major demand that the generals hand up power to civilians.
Later, in Khartoum, the protestors regrouped and blocked at least one major street with stones and burning tyres. There were no recorded casualties. Protests were placed in other Sudanese cities and towns as well.
“Until we achieve the revolution’s aims, the youth… will not give up and would not end this revolution,” said Mohammed Ahmed, a 28-year-old university student.
Source: CBC News
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