Mediapart article: The revolutionary escalation program .. the Sudanese enter into the resistance to the coup

An article in the French website Mediapart said that if the coup d’état Sudanese army wanted to know what to expect, it should return to the social media content that was released hours after the military “coup”, referring to the “weekly revolutionary escalation program” circulating on Twitter to force The military handed over power to civilians.

Word in article Writer Güneli told Nawar that the Sudanese citizens do not intend to allow the confiscation of the young Sudanese democracy, and that the first organized response to the dismantling of the nascent Sudanese democracy, the arrest of most members of the government and senior officials, the dissolution of the transitional bodies, the dismissal of state governors and the declaration of a state of emergency, will be by organizing the “March of the Million” on Saturday, Protests in front of workplaces, mobilization campaigns in neighborhoods, road closures, strikes and mass rallies.

Khartoum is paralyzed

She explained that the capital, Khartoum, is paralyzed, and movement in it is very difficult. It quoted one of the citizens that young people set up checkpoints everywhere, and a campaign of civil disobedience was launched, carried by loudspeakers in mosques, with the aim of paralyzing the country.

The writer said that the scene in Khartoum makes you think that you are recalling something you saw before, noting that this “March of the Million” reminds of the million that was organized on June 30, 2019, after the violent suppression of the peaceful sit-ins that demanded the departure of the Military Transitional Council composed of generals who paid Ousted President Omar al-Bashir is about to leave in the hope of retaining their privileges.

The generals retained extensive powers

Although popular mobilization and international pressures, the article says, forced the army to negotiate power-sharing with civilians, as specified in the constitutional declaration signed in August 2019 by the Transitional Military Council and the “Freedom and Change” forces, the generals never relinquished power. They did not return the soldiers to their barracks, so they retained many powers, and filled the important ministries of interior and defense in the civilian government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

The writer quoted one of the Sudanese in the diaspora as saying that the army managed to seize a great deal of power, although positions in the Sovereignty Council should be honorary, adding that the generals stopped all major reforms wanted by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his government.

The cause of the coup

According to the constitutional declaration, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, was scheduled to give up his seat to civilians next November, and this handover – as the writer says – is the origin of the tension in recent weeks between the military and civilians, and the reason for this coup.

And it quoted a high-ranking Sudanese international official as saying that “the generals do not want transitional justice to progress.” They are very worried. Al-Burhan and (Rasty Support Forces commander Muhammad Hamdan) Hemedti and the others are involved in all of this.”

Huge economic empires

The truth – as a businessman says – is that the generals defend clear interests, such as the huge economic empire established by the various components of the armed forces in every field, from agriculture to mining to industry, and they take advantage of the suffering of the Sudanese, and create crises behind the scenes, “I was expecting this coup to happen. All the speeches of Al-Burhan and Hemedti about the necessity of restoring the democratic transition to its tracks, and the inability of civilians to govern, indicate that.”

Finally, the writer wondered, can returning the Prime Minister to his home be seen as a first sign of reconciliation? But one of the Sudanese in the diaspora replies that “the army cannot win, because the international pressure is strong, but the pressure of the street is much stronger.”

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