Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Sudanese barricade streets after 7 killed in anti-coup protests

Khartoum,

Sudanese on Tuesday closed shops and barricaded streets with burning tires and stones, and staged angry rallies to protest one of the bloodiest days since a coup scuttled the country’s democratic transition

< p>Security forces opened fire on Monday, killing at least seven people, as thousands demonstrated against the army’s takeover on October 25, bringing the total number killed in raids since the coup to 71, according to the report Medical professionals.

“No, no to military rule,” protesters chanted Tuesday in southern Blue Nile state, where some carried banners with the slogan “No to killing peaceful protesters,” said witness Omar Eissa Pressure to bring about an end to the months-long crisis in the North East African nation and senior US diplomats are expected to travel to the capital K come hard.

Sudan’s main civilian bloc, the Forces for Freedom and Change, called for two days of civil disobedience to begin on Tuesday esday.

Fragile Transition

“Shop closed for mourning,” read the signs at Khartoum’s sprawling Sajane hardware store. One of the merchants, Othman el-Sherif, was among those shot dead on Monday.

Since the coup led by General Abdel, protesters – sometimes tens of thousands – have regularly taken to the streets of Fattah al-Burhan before almost three months.

The military takeover has derailed a fragile transition to civilian rule following the ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned earlier this month and warned against Sudan I am at a “dangerous crossroads that threatens his survival”.

United Nations Special Envoy Volker Perthes condemned the use of live ammunition on Monday, while the US embassy denounced the “violent tactics used by the Sudanese security forces, ” the latest appeals by this type of world power.

On Tuesday, police fired tear gas at dozens of protesters setting up roadblocks in eastern Khartoum ten, said an AFP correspondent.

“We took to the streets to peacefully express our opinions, but the armed forces conf fired live bullets at us,” said protester Tarek Hassan.< /p>

“We call on all Sudanese and all free revolutionaries to barricade all roads to proclaim civil disobedience until the coup plotters fall. “

Outside the capital, hundreds of protesters also demonstrated in other cities including Blue Nile and Kassala states in the east, witnesses said.

Violence

Burhan formed a committee on Tuesday to investigate Monday’s violent crimes, the results of which must be presented within 72 hours, Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council said in a statement.

He arrives as the US deputy secretary of state Secretary of State Molly Phee and Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa David Satterfield were expected in Khartoum, where they would “repeat our call on the security forces to end the violence and to respect freedom of expression and assembly,” the spokesman said Foreign Ministry, Ned Price.

Sudanese authorities have repeatedly denied using live ammunition against protesters and insist numerous security forces at P redest injured. A police general was stabbed last week.

Police said Monday they used “the least amount of force” to quell the protests, which also left around 50 police officers injured.

On Tuesday, the “Friends of Sudan” – a group of Western and Arab nations calling for the reinstatement of the country’s interim government, which includes the US, the European Union, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the UN – held talks in Saudi Arabia.

“Deeply concerned by yesterday’s violence,” Perthes, the UN envoy, said on Twitter after attending the meeting via video link.

“International Support and influence Support for the political process must go hand in hand with active support to end the violence.”