Repression in Sudan: at least three dead in a new day of protests against the military

Demonstrations against the military persist in Sudan (REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah) (MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH /)

At least three people died this Thursday in a new day of protests in Khartoum, where thousands of protesters called for a civil government after the resignation of Prime Minister Abdala Hamdok, as well as the fall of the military that perpetrated the coup in Sudan on October 25.

The opposition union Committee of Physicians reported on its official Twitter account that three people died, whose identities have not been disclosed, during today’s demonstrations, which thus increases to 60 the deaths in the protests since the riot.

Two of the deceased perished in the capital city of Om Durman, shot in the head and legs, while a third was killed in Khartoum North after being shot in the chest. by the “coup forces”, indicated the Medical Committee, which counts the victims in the protests since the overthrow of the dictator Omar al Bashir, in 2019.

According to the official Sudanese news agency, SUNA, a protest called by the coordinators of the resistance committees has been going on in the capital since noon, in which the protesters have chanted slogans calling for a civil government, without giving further details.

Meanwhile, Netblocks, the London-based portal that controls Internet censorship, reported through its official Twitter account of the total cut-off of mobile internet in the country, a usual movement by the Sudanese authorities before the call of large marches, although late in the afternoon telecommunication services returned, according to the agency EFE.

Last night the general Al Taher Abu Haja, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Abdelfatah al Burhan, said in a statement that the country needs more than ever “the consensus of the political forces,” and affirmed that they welcome the international will to overcome the crisis, although the solution should be dealt with by the Sudanese parties, according to SUNA.

There are already 60 dead since the beginning of the protests in Sudan (EFE)
There are already 60 dead since the start of the protests in Sudan (EFE) (STR /)

This is the second day of demonstrations that have taken place in Sudan since last Sunday, the day on which Hamdok resigned. a month after having reached an agreement with the military to return to the post from which he had been expelled in the coup, leaving the African country, one of the poorest in the world, mired in uncertainty in its transition period.

The US Under Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly phee, on Wednesday urged dialogue between the parties to overcome the current crisis in Sudan.

The Vice President of the Sovereign Council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (aka Hemedti), received a call from Phee in which the US representative insisted on the need to comply with all the steps to achieve the democratic transition in the country until the elections are held at the end of the transition period, scheduled for 2023, according to the agency .

Phee assured the “interest of his country in collaborating and coordinating with the Government of Sudan so that the transitional phase is successful”He indicated that he supports “a Sudanese-Sudanese dialogue to overcome the current crisis,” and reaffirmed “the willingness of his country and the international community to support Sudan in this transition,” according to the agency.

On the other hand, Hemedti expressed the wish that the United States continue with “its efforts to help Sudan” with the aim that the democratic transition continues.

Protesters denounce repression by the security forces (REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)
Protesters denounce repression by the security forces (REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah) (MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH /)

It also pointed out that “The way out of the crisis that the country is going through lies in a global dialogue that leads to a national agreement that includes all Sudanese”SUNA pointed out.

On his official Twitter account, the US Secretary of State, Antony blinkenHe said that to overcome the current crisis in Sudan, “stakeholders” must “strongly commit to an immediate dialogue, led by the Sudanese and facilitated internationally.”

“Security forces must stop using deadly force against protesters and commit to an independent investigation,” he concluded.

For its part, the UN, through its special envoy Volker perthes, is trying to promote a consensus between different groups to solve the crisis in Sudan.

Perthes is in contact with “all relevant actors”, both civil groups and the Army, to seek “to build trust, reduce gaps and reach a consensus on a viable solution,” the spokesperson explained to journalists. Stéphane Dujarric.

Among others, the United Nations envoy has met with Hamdok and with the military leader and current strongman of Sudan, Abdelfatah al Burhan.

The organization, Dujarric said, urges all Sudanese to find common ground for a solution that “meets the legitimate democratic aspirations” of the population.

(With information from EFE)

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