Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Sudanese call for anti-coup protests as death toll rises to 40

Khartoum,

Sudanese anti-coup activists called for mass protests on Sunday as hundreds of new demonstrations held to denounce the deadly process since the military seizure of power 40 people were killed in the last month.

The United States and the African Union have condemned the deadly crackdown on the demonstrators and urged the Sudanese leadership to refrain from “excessive use of force”.

Sudan’s Supreme General Abdel Fattah al -Burhan declared a state of emergency on October 25, overthrew the government and arrested the civilian leadership.

The military takeover postponed a two-year transition to civilian rule, drew international convictions and punitive measures after himself and provoked people to take to the streets.

The protests on Wednesday were the deadliest yet, with 16 dead after a teenage boy was shot dead The independent Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said the 16-year-old was “shot through live rounds in the head and the” leg “.

Most of those killed on Wednesday were in northern Khartoum, which is across the Nile from the capital, said medical professionals.

Hundreds of anti-military protesters gathered in northern Khartoum on Saturday, erected barricades and set tires on fire, said an AFP correspondent.

They shouted “No, no to military rule” and called for “civil rule”.

There was one during the riots Police station was set on fire, the correspondent said, adding that there were no police officers nearby. Security forces and protesters shared the blame for the incident.

Police spokesman Idris Soliman accused an unidentified “group of people” of setting the station on fire.

But the Resistance Committee of North Khartoum alleged the police were responsible.

Sabotage

“Police forces withdrew from the station … and after police committed acts of sabotage,” a statement said.

“We clearly and specifically blame the military establishment for causing this chaos,” added the committee, which is part of an informal group that arose during the 2018-2019 protests that President Omar al- Bashir in April 2019.

On Saturday, pro-democracy activists called online for mass protests against the coup with a “millions march on the 21st, demanding” retaliation “and a transition to civil rule.

< Protesters also went to Khartoum s twin town Omdurman took to the streets to denounce the recent murders and chant "Down with the (ruling) Council on Treason and Treason".

Police officers deny the use of live ammunition and insist that they use “slightest violence.” “have applied to disperse the protests. They have recorded only one death among protesters in northern Khartoum.

On Friday, police officers sporadically fired tear gas late into the night to disperse protesters who had gathered in northern Khartoum, witnesses said.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella organization of unions involved in the month-long demonstrations that led to Bashir’s fall, said security forces had also “stormed houses and mosques”.

An AFP correspondent said: Police forces also searched passers-by and carried out ID checks.

The US and the African Union condemned the fatality.

“We are calling those responsible for human rights abuses and abuses to be brought to justice, including excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators, “said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

” Ahead of upcoming protests, we urge you e Sudanese authorities to exercise restraint and allow peaceful demonstrations, “he added.

The African Union, which ended Sudan after the coup, also condemned Wednesday’s violence” in the strongest terms “. < / p>

The chairman of the AU commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on the Sudanese authorities to restore “constitutional order and democratic transition” in accordance with a 2019 power-exchange agreement between the military and the now deposed civilians .

Reporters Arrested

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists has called for the release of reporters arrested while reporting on anti-coup protests, including Ali Farsab, who made it said he was beaten, shot and arrested by security forces on Wednesday.

“Mocking the shooting and beating of journalist Ali Farsab by Sudanese security forces d As alleged commitment of the coup government to a democratic transition phase in the country, “Sherif Mansour, the MENA program coordinator of the CPJ.

Sudan has a long history of military coups and has rarely enjoyed interludes of democratic rule since independence in 1956 .

Burhan, the supreme general, insists on the movement of the military e “was not a coup” but a move “to correct the transition” given factional power struggles and divisions between civilians and the military below the now ousted government.

He has since had a new governing council in. announced that he would maintain his position as leader, along with a powerful paramilitary commander, three senior military officials, three ex-rebel leaders, and a civilian.

But the other four civilians were replaced by lesser-known figures.