Liberation: The military authorities are creating a climate of fear.. The creeping return of repression in Sudan
The French newspaper (Liberation) said that the military authorities in Sudan have created a climate of fear among opponents since the coup led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan at the end of October, noting the practice of purge, imprisonment and extrajudicial executions against the revolutionaries who began to mobilize again after More than two years after the 2019 revolution.
and in a report Written by its correspondent in Khartoum, Patricia Hoon, the newspaper explained that there were targeted arrests, as one of the men said, “They (the security men) attack those who coordinate political activities, and they exert pressure to create a climate of fear to try to break our resolve. They arrest young people, humiliate them and beat them before releasing them.”
The correspondent spoke about a group of about 20 men and women, who she said were members of the resistance committees that were formed from volunteers inside the neighborhoods, and played a central role in the Sudanese revolution in 2019. She explained that this group is still the spearhead in the current mobilization against the army’s grip on power since October 25, and it is on standby, but its members are forced to work underground again, some of whom no longer use their phones for fear of monitoring their movements.
At a time when the Sudanese thought that the era of repression had finally ended, repression began to resurface, according to the correspondent, as the police arrested about 100 people, most of them teachers, during a demonstration outside the Ministry of Education in Bahri, north of Khartoum. Teacher Khadda Khaled Sheeb – a mother of 6 children – said they “fired tear gas, and we resorted to buildings and followed us. They had whips and plastic pipes in their hands, and they were beating people. When they put us in the truck and told us to sit on the ground, a woman broke a leg, and another started pregnant.” She had contractions, and I was told she miscarried after that.”
Since the coup nearly 3 weeks ago, dozens of people including leaders of the resistance committees, ministers, representatives of civil society and opposition parties have been imprisoned, and the ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok is still under house arrest, prohibited from moving and communicating.
Free the theater for the army
Meanwhile, Al-Burhan announced a new Sovereign Council that would be responsible for leading the transitional period, and retained its presidency for itself, and gave way to the leaders of the former rebel movements who signed peace with Khartoum at the end of 2020, and in turn dismissed 4 civilian representatives from the Forces of Freedom and Change, that The grand coalition formed in 2019 to topple former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, 4 months after the popular revolution.
United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric described these recent developments in the country as “extremely worrying”, and said that “the window for a peaceful solution to the crisis is closing,” but the army is providing its pawns within public institutions in continuous purges.
“They (the military) did not waste time,” said Omar Babiker, a leader in the teachers’ union in the capital. “In the Ministry of Education, they fired the director, Mohamed Ibrahim, who was very active during the revolution, and replaced him with one of the pillars of the old regime.”
We are all in danger
The correspondent says that the “Kaizan” returns to influence and the opposition is repressed, and the “Keizan” is a term used to refer to the Islamist members and supporters of the regime of ousted President Hassan Al-Bashir.
“We must not forget that Al-Burhan was part of this system,” says researcher Khuloud Khair, co-founder of the think tank Insight Strategy Partners. with him”.
Lawyer and feminist activist Tahani Abbas – who was with many women on the front lines during the revolution – says, “We are all in danger, they may come and take us one by one. During the revolution the army attacked my house looking for me and sent me threatening letters. I had to send my child (4) years) outside Khartoum to my mother to be safe, it’s the same situation today! Of course I’m afraid all the time. But can we back out now? No, it’s not possible.”