The lack of movement of citizens is the most prominent feature of our tour, which lasted about 3 hours, with the exception of rare appearances of a few gatherings in bakeries or transportation stations, especially since it is the first day to open bridges between the three cities of the capital.
Khartoum – Life seemed to be creeping into the joints of the capital, Khartoum, after days of semi-paralysis that followed the decisions of the army commander, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, according to a tour conducted by Al Jazeera Net this afternoon, Thursday, inside the city of Bahri, north of Khartoum.
The small transport vehicle – which took us to the city center – paved asphalt streets painted dark black as a result of burning tires as part of a large protest operation in the capital against the dissolution of partnership with civilians, and the imposition of a state of emergency in the country.
The vehicle making its way to the central station (one of the largest public transport gathering points) encountered great difficulties, as some sections of the road are still completely closed with stone barricades, sometimes with metal lampposts, sometimes with concrete blocks and tree trunks, and there is no end to piles of rubbish when the means are used.
The trolley driver did not find that he wanted to take some roads and side streets to avoid the closed areas of the barricades, especially in the semi-closed suburb of Shambat to traffic.
Silence and anticipation
The League Square in Shambat is one of the most important revolutionary landmarks in the country, and a prominent gathering point for protesters in all the movements that followed the 2013 revolution protests against the Bashir regime.
Inside the vehicle, the eyes of the passengers stuck to the windows to monitor what was going on or perhaps happened during the past days, in light of the silence among the passengers who were forced by circumstances to leave without noticing any of their usual arguments regarding the political and economic conditions despite the vehicle driver imposing a double tariff on the cost of the line .
It is likely that the new tariff in some transport lines is due to the features of the fuel crisis that has begun to emerge, in addition to the resort of vehicle owners to take alternative routes that increase the journey time and the exchange rates of gasoline and gasoline.
Outside the vehicle, you can see with the naked eye most of the establishments on the main street, and the doors are closed, especially banks, branches of telecommunications companies, restaurants and cafeterias, while some pharmacies, groceries and furniture stores have resumed their activity again, although caution is evident in this return with the choice of some shop owners to open doors without the other as if it is A quick withdrawal tactic when necessary.
On the extended road, dozens of vehicles are lined up in front of closed gas stations, and on our journey we encountered only one station operating in the Shendi parking area at the northern entrance to Shambat, in light of a heavy turnout of drivers.
We also noticed the return of the wheel of movement between Khartoum and the cities of the River Nile State in the north of the country, although it was accompanied by a very slow pace, as large transport vehicles were stacked in the public parking in light of the scarcity and great scarcity of passengers.
The lack of movement of citizens is the most prominent feature of our tour, which lasted about 3 hours, with the exception of rare manifestations of a few gatherings in bakeries or transportation stations, especially since it is almost the first day of the return of movement and the opening of bridges between the three cities of the capital, Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman.
In the middle station, most phone accessory stores are back in business, perhaps with a window of opportunity to exploit the interruption of the Internet and poor communications to move people from interest in phone applications to the phone itself.
Some street vendors also appeared on the sidewalk and in the heart of the return event, while the area, which includes some major hospitals and pharmacies, witnessed a near-regular movement of patients and their families.
At the public transport station, dozens of small and large transport vehicles were scattered, begging passengers heading to different areas of the capital.
It took more than half an hour to ship the small vehicle heading to the Halfaya Bridge, north of Bahri, although this takes only a few minutes in normal conditions and peak times.
Heavy security deployment
Among the most important observations of Al Jazeera Net, in the vicinity of the central station, is the heavy presence of military and security elements of different forces based on military uniforms.
Four-wheel drive vehicles carrying security personnel spread, usually waving sticks and batons, hitting the roofs of cars with their sticks or the butts of their weapons, or just shouting loud cries that seem to be the source of the pride in the military’s extension of their control over the reins of power.
Some of these small vehicles led a column of bulldozers and large trucks responsible for removing barricades on the main streets, especially near the area of the “Saad Qishra” market, one of the largest commercial markets in the country.
The food trader in the sea market, Muhammad Fadl Al-Mawla (44 years), complained of a great stagnation in the movement of buying and selling, and he admitted that there is a shortage in the provision of most goods due to the difficulties caused by the movement of goods transport vehicles in the past days.
He spoke to Al Jazeera Net about the rise in the prices of food products and commodities in exchange for a decrease in other prices, especially sugar, expecting a decline in most commodity prices with the end of the crisis of closing the ports of eastern Sudan.
In a hint of what is to come, Muhammad Khader, 24, a member of the Resistance Committees, told Al Jazeera that they would not back down from escalation and erecting barricades, especially with the approach of the October 30 marches against the military coup, as he described it.
In turn, Maryam Mohieldin, 29, an employee of a commercial bank, told Al Jazeera Net that she would not return to work before the vision was cleared and she knew where the stampede battle between the army and the protesters would go, next Saturday.