Protests continue in Sudan. Repression too. Three demonstrators were shot dead on Thursday (January 6) in the capital, Khartoum, and its suburbs, where, as in the rest of the country, thousands of Sudanese have again gathered to protest against the military power, according to doctors. and witnesses.
These three protesters were killed by gunfire “Putschist forces”, according to the Central Committee of Physicians, an independent association. Two of them were killed in Omdurman, on the outskirts of Khartoum, one of whom reached ” in the head “ and the other “To the basin”, and a third was killed in the capital, hit “To the chest by live ammunition”, according to the same source. These doctors also reported more than three hundred wounded, affected in particular by live ammunition, rubber bullets or tear gas.
The new deaths come the day after a call from Washington to “Stop the use of lethal force against demonstrators” in Sudan, where authorities deny the use of live ammunition in response to protests. In total, since the coup d’état led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Bourhane on October 25, 2021, the repression of demonstrations against the army has left sixty dead and hundreds injured, according to the same source.
“We will not stop”
In Khartoum, demonstrators were advancing towards the presidential palace and army headquarters while the security forces fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse them. Despite a murderous repression, the Association of Sudanese professionals, spearhead of the revolt against dictator Omar Al-Bashir, deposed in 2019, and against the army since the putsch of October 25, had called for new demonstrations to demand an entirely civil power.
“We will continue to demonstrate until we get our revolution and our civilian government back on track”, hammered Mojataba Hussein, a 23-year-old protester. “We will not stop until we find our country”, added protester Samar Al-Tayeb, 22.
Playing drums and singing patriotic songs, the demonstrators held up placards with photos of people killed by the repression of the police since the coup.
Events in the provinces
Outside the capital, many Sudanese were also demonstrating in Port Sudan (East), Atbara (North) and Wad Madani (South), as well as in central and southern Darfur, according to witnesses.
In Atbara, protesters called on General Al-Bourhane, who marked a halt to the transition to fully civilian power, to “Give back the keys to the country and leave”. In Wad Madani, the crowd chanted: “There is no authority except that of the people”, while requiring that the military “Go back to their barracks”. “No, no to military power”, still hammered protesters in North Kordofan, in the center of the country.
The soldiers are the only ones in charge since the resignation, Sunday, January 2, of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, civilian face of the transition launched after the ousting in 2019 of General Omar Al-Bashir by the army under pressure from the street, making fear a return to dictatorship.
“I tried my best to prevent the country from sliding towards disaster, as today it is going through a dangerous turning point which threatens its survival”, then declared Mr. Hamdok, at the end of another day of violently repressed demonstrations.
Call for dialogue
“There is no interest in prolonging the state vacuum”, said Thursday one of General Al-Bourhane’s advisers, Taher Abouhaga, quoted by the official Suna news agency. “This void must be filled as quickly as possible”, he added, hinting that the government was preparing to appoint a new prime minister.
General Al-Bourhane, who has extended his tenure at the head of the country for two years, still promises elections for July 2023. However, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Norway urged on Tuesday the Sudanese military not to unilaterally appoint a new head of government.
That “Would undermine credibility” transitional institutions “And would risk plunging the country into conflict”, they warned. On Wednesday, US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said he hoped for a “Dialogue led by the Sudanese and helped by the international community”.
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In Sudan, three demonstrators killed during a new mobilization against the military power