Sudanese Protestors Vow to Keep Up Protests

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Sudanese vow to continue protests against military
Sudanese anti-coup protesters take cover as security forces use tear gas to disperse the crowd in the capital khartoum on October 27, 2021, amid ongoing demonstrations against a military takeover that has sparked widespread international condemnation. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Sudanese Protestors Refuse to Cease Protests

On Friday, angry anti-coup Sudanese protesters pledged to keep up their protests following deadly clashes with the military.

Following a demonstration on Monday which led to 8 deaths, 170 injuries, and one killed by tear gas and rubber-tipped bullets on Thursday.

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The Sudanese protestors don’t seem to be backing down.

“It’s terrible to shoot peaceful protestors,” said Khartoum protester Haitham Mohamed.

He then added, “It will strengthen our resolve, not diminish it.”

Their determination is unshakeable.

As for the officials, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dismissed Sudan’s fragile civilian-led government on Monday and ordered the arrest of multiple key officials.

Sudan has been governed by a civilian-military council since August 2019, alongside Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s cabinet.

Now PM Hamdok has been put under house arrest, while the military has detained other civilian leaders.

In spite of that, days of turmoil have rattled the city, the Sudanese protestors and military gear up for large protests on Saturday.

Regardless, Burhan has maintained that the military takeover “was not a coup”. It was to “correct the direction of Sudanese transition.”

Sudanese Protests Continue in Khartoum

On Friday, across the Nile from Khartoum, regular army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces men patrolled the streets.

“The military is indistinguishable from the former dictatorship,” protester Mohamed said.

Security authorities demolished protest barricades made of tires and rocks that blocked highways and conducted random searches of persons and vehicles.

In Khartoum, the internet has been shut down, interruption of phone calls has been periodic, and stores have been shuttered.

Numerous state personnel has ceased work in protest of the transitional government’s restoration.

Following independence in 1956, the country has had only periodic democratic eras and spent decades ripped apart by civil war.

President Biden’s Say on the Protests

With a country already in deep economic trouble, these demonstrations have brought widespread outrage and additional sanctions.

US Vice President Joe Biden described the coup as a “terrible setback” on Thursday.

“Our message to Sudan’s military authorities is clear: allow peaceful protests and reestablish the civilian-led transitional government,” Biden said.

The United Nations Security Council voiced “grave concern” on Thursday and encouraged all parties to “engage in conversation without preconditions.”

As a result of the “unconstitutional” coup, the World Bank and the US have halted support.

Sudan Government Involvement

Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi, the daughter of Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister overthrown in Bashir’s 1989 military coup, has emerged as a major opponent of Burhan.

“We categorically oppose any coup… we will also fight using all available civil methods,” she said Al Arabiya channel.

Sudanese diplomatic posts in the US, China, and the EU openly rejected the military coup, leading Burhan to dismiss them.

Soldiers took control of the official news agency SUNA earlier this week, forcing journalists to flee, and on Friday, they attacked the Al Democracy daily.

The army’s intervention occurred as a result of growing divisions among the groups guiding the post-Bashir transition.

Tensions have increased considerably after a failed coup attempt on September 21 and an anti-government blockade of Sudan’s major eastern port.

The biggest anti-Bashir alliance, Forces for Freedom and Change, split into two parts, one backing military power, and the other supporting civilian authority.

“The civilian government must resume its functions,” mainstream FFC leaders stated in a statement.

“It is imperative to free all political inmates.”

The African Union suspended Sudan, and foreign leaders and states criticized the generals.

President Biden praised the Sudanese people’s “courage in demanding their voices be heard.”

Amnesty International demanded on Friday that Sudanese generals investigate and punish the deaths of protestors earlier in the week.

The world is watching and will not allow further murder, said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s regional director for East and Southern Africa.

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