One dead and wounded by bullets.. Demonstrations against the decisions of the Sudanese army chief and international calls for the release of detainees


The Sudanese Doctors Committee said that a person was killed and others were shot at noon today, Saturday, in Omdurman, during popular demonstrations against the decisions taken by the President of the Sovereign Council and the commander of the Sudanese army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

The demonstrations took place under the title “Millionism on November 13”, and the protesters demanded the departure of Al-Burhan and the return of the isolated government.

Sudanese accounts on social media platforms broadcast videos to start the march of the demonstrators in the neighborhoods of Khartoum.

Witnesses reported that the Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, who went out in several cities across the country to denounce what they considered the army’s seizure of power on the 25th of last month.

Refusal of Burhan’s decisions

The protests come two days after the army chief, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the formation of a new Sovereignty Council, in which he excluded the coalition of civilians that had been sharing the army in power since 2019 after the overthrow of the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

On October 25, Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency in the country and dissolved the Sovereignty Council, which he headed, and 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. He also arrested most government ministers, including civilians, and some activists and politicians.

The army released only four ministers despite almost daily calls from the international community to return to the pre-October 25 transitional government.

The protesters condemned Al-Burhan’s decisions and vowed to continue a campaign of civil disobedience and to continue the protests.

bridge closures

Today, Saturday, security forces closed bridges between Khartoum and the cities of Omdurman and Khartoum North, and closed roads with barbed wire.

Demonstrations also took place in the cities of Port Sudan, Dongola, Karima and Atbara.

Reuters quoted witnesses as saying that the security forces also closed strategic sites, including the presidential palace, the government headquarters and the airport.

Demonstrations took place in Khartoum, Omdurman and Khartoum North, as well as in Waddamani in the south
East of Khartoum and Kassala in eastern Sudan, and slogans such as “Down with the military rule”, “No to military rule”, “Apostasy is impossible” and “Down with the coup military council” were chanted.

A scene from the demonstrations that took place in the capital, Khartoum, today, to denounce the decisions of Al-Burhan (French)

international concern

Ahead of the protests, Volker Peretz, the UN special envoy to Sudan, called on the security forces to exercise restraint and respect the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

The United States and Western countries also expressed their deep concern after the appointment of a new Sovereign Council. “The United States and our partners call on the leaders of Sudan’s military to refrain from further unilateral steps that undermine the hard-won progress in Sudan to rejoin the international community,” US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan said on Twitter.

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