After calls for civil disobedience in Sudan..a partial closure and the police disperse demonstrations with tear gas
Sudanese demonstrators closed today, Sunday, some of the main streets in the capital, Khartoum, and the cities of Bahri and Omdurman, in response to calls for civil disobedience called by the gathering of professionals in protest against the military’s sole rule of the country and the overthrow of civilians.
On Sunday morning, the French Press Agency monitored some closed stores, while others remained open. Eyewitnesses reported the erection of roadblocks in some streets of Omdurman and Bahri.
An eyewitness in Omdurman told the agency – who refused to reveal his name for fear of reprisal – “The movement in the streets is less than usual, but there is no complete closure of the streets, and some shops are working and others are not.”
In the same context, the Sudanese police forces dispersed – by firing tear gas canisters – a protest sit-in organized by the Teachers’ Committee in front of the Ministry of Education headquarters in Khartoum, in rejection of the decisions of the Sudanese army chief, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
A source in the Sudanese Professionals Association reported the detention of 20 teachers who participated in a protest sit-in at the Ministry of Education headquarters.
The participants in the vigil raised banners calling for the return of the civil government and the employees of the ministry who were dismissed, and chanted slogans confirming their commitment to the calls for civil disobedience called for by the gathering of professionals today, Sunday and tomorrow.
South Khartoum demonstrations
Simultaneously, the police forces fired tear gas canisters and ammunition in the air, to disperse hundreds of demonstrators rejecting Al-Burhan’s decisions in the Al-Shajara and Al-Azozab neighborhoods, south of the capital, Khartoum. According to eyewitnesses, the police chased the participants in these demonstrations inside the neighborhoods.
On Saturday, the Sudanese Professionals Association – one of the leaders of the 2019 protests that led to the fall of former President Omar al-Bashir – called for preparations for “comprehensive disobedience on Sunday and Monday”, adding, “We begin by paving (closing) the main streets without friction.”
The call for the gathering of professionals received a response from professional unions, political and party forces, in addition to about 30 labor organizations.
On October 25, Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency in the country, dissolved the Sovereignty Council, which he headed, and dissolved the government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who was arrested for a short period, before being released to his home, where he was placed under house arrest, and most of Government ministers are civilians, some activists and politicians.
The country – especially the capital – has witnessed a wave of protests, during which the demonstrators have closed the streets and declared civil disobedience, since those decisions were announced.
The security forces confronted the protesters several times with a repression that resulted in the death and injury of many protesters, and according to the statistics of the Central Committee of Doctors against the decisions of Al-Burhan, 14 people were killed.
In the same context, the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned on Friday a series of human rights violations in Sudan, killing protesters, wounding more than 300 people during the protests, and cutting off the internet from the capital, preventing the population from accessing information.
As a result of mounting international pressure against his decisions, Al-Burhan issued a decision last Thursday to release 4 ministers, but the protesters continue to refuse.