Sudan protests: Massive crowds demonstrate against military takeover

The streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum were filled with protesters on Saturday morning, with protesters shouting anti-military slogans and waving anti-coup banners.

“No to military rule, yes to civilian rule,” protesters shouted in videos posted on social media.

At least three people were shot and killed by the military, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), which is in line with the civilian component of the now-disbanded sovereign council.

One person had been shot in the head and another shot in the stomach, the CCSD said in a post on Twitter.

The CCSD also said at least 100 others were injured during the protests as the military fired live ammunition and used tear gas against protesters in several areas across the country to disperse the crowds.

The demonstrations saw crowds of protesters shouting anti-military slogans and waving flags and anti-coup banners.
The nationwide protests were called by the activist coalition Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), which was instrumental in organizing the Sudan uprising in 2019, which led to the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir’s three decades of rule.

The SPA is demanding the restoration of the country’s civilian transitional government and is urging protesters to take part in a “millionaire march” against the military takeover.

“We are here to tell the world that we will not accept any military intervention to determine the fate of our country,” a protester said Saturday.

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“This country should be governed by a civilian government. Military leaders should not be involved in any political decision. They are here to protect the country and its people,” another protester said.

A total of 13 people have been killed and 140 others injured in the protests since the military seized power, according to the CCSD.

On Saturday protesters too called on Sudan’s supreme general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to resign.

The October 25 coup followed months of rising tensions in the country, with military and civilian groups sharing power in the years since Bashir was ousted. Since 2019, Sudan has been ruled by a shaky alliance between the two.

Sudanese people call for a civilian government to return to power.

That all changed on Monday when the military effectively took control, dissolved the powerful sovereign council and the transitional government and temporarily detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Burhan said on Monday that the agreement with civilian members of the country’s sovereign transitional council “became a conflict” over the past two years, “threatening peace and unity” in Sudan.

Several articles of the Constitution have been suspended and state governors removed.

Global leaders have rejected the coup, with the United States, the European Union, Britain, the African Union and the United Nations all urging stakeholders to return to the country’s democratic transition process.

On Friday, US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman warned against the use of force against protesters.

“The Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully this weekend, and the United States will follow closely,” Feltman said.

CNN’s Kara Fox contributed reporting.


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