In Sudan, anti-coup demonstrators dispersed by tear gas fire

Opponents of the junta in Sudan continue to challenge the coup plotters. Tens of thousands of Sudanese once again came under tear gas canister fire in Sudan on Saturday, December 25, where authorities cut off communications after two months of a crackdown that left forty-eight dead.

The crowd, arriving at the gates of the presidential palace in Khartoum, where the transitional authorities headed by General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al-Bourhane, author of the October 25 coup, dispersed at the beginning of the evening under the blows of charges sit. policewomen.

A journalist from Agence France-Presse (AFP) saw the wounded evacuated by demonstrators, while the pro-democracy doctors’ union, which has identified victims of the repression since 2018, reported that the security forces had fired grenades tear gas even in hospitals, attacking doctors and the wounded.

The most violent clashes took place near the bridges connecting its suburbs to Khartoum, blocked by the police, whose cranes had at dawn deposited containers across the structures.

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Internet and telephone cut off

Early in the morning, mobile internet and telephone communications were cut off after the governorate of Khartoum warned on Friday that the security forces “Deal with those who break the law and create chaos”, especially around “Buildings of strategic sovereignty”.

Despite this imposed isolation, which made everyone fear a new outburst of violence, they were again tens of thousands on Saturday under a swarm of Sudanese flags and the outbursts of demonstrators. Processions marched in Khartoum, in its suburbs, but also in Wad Madani, 150 kilometers south of the capital, Atbara, in the north, and Port Sudan, in the east, according to witnesses.

“We will not stop demonstrating until we have a civilian government, the people are in the streets to say that it is they who decide”, proclaims a young demonstrator to AFP. Not far from there, also on the outskirts of the presidential palace, Othmane Moustafa, 31, says he wants “More than releasing the military” : “We want to choose our Sudan: a Sudan that looks like us, that responds to our demands and gives rights to all equally. “

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Sudanese cut off from the world

Less than a week ago, for the third anniversary of the launch of the “revolution” which in 2019 forced the army to end thirty years of the military-Islamist dictatorship of Omar Al-Bashir, supporters of a civil power had shown that they could still mobilize. That day, the security forces fired live ammunition, rained tear gas canisters on the hundreds of thousands of them who took to the streets and even used, according to the UN, a weapon already used in Darfur in war: rape.

On Saturday, the authorities resorted to another major tool: as during nearly a month after the putsch, they cut the Sudanese off from the world. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right and this includes full access to the Internet”, has already protested the UN envoy, Volker Perthes, recalling that “No one should be arrested for having intended to demonstrate”. Activists have been reporting roundups since Friday evening in their ranks.

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Apparently, after his putsch denounced by the whole world or almost, General Bourhane reinstated the civilian prime minister, Abdallah Hamdok, but Sudan still has no government, a sine qua non for the resumption of international aid, vital for this country, one of the poorest in the world.

In addition, he promises the first free elections for decades in July 2023, without convincing the supporters of a solely civilian power in the country, under the rule of the army almost without interruption in sixty-five years of independence. They have already announced that they will demonstrate again on December 30. Sudan is stuck in political stagnation and inflation over 300%.

The World with AFP

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In Sudan, anti-coup demonstrators dispersed by tear gas fire

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