After a bloody day in Sudan.. New confrontations in Khartoum and the gathering of professionals calls for civil disobedience and a general strike
The Sudanese Professionals Association called for the implementation of civil disobedience and a general strike today, Thursday, after protests in which dozens of demonstrators were killed and injured by security forces’ bullets, while Khartoum witnessed new confrontations.
The Professionals Association issued a statement calling on the Sudanese to fully commit to civil disobedience today in all cities and villages of Sudan.
He also called for paralyzing public life through a complete strike, closing public and internal roads with barricades, avoiding clashes with security forces, boycotting all government institutions and not dealing with them, and not paying any fees, bills or taxes to central and local authorities.
Glory and eternity to the honorable martyrs of the Sudanese people
Urgent recovery for the wounded and injured
Freedom for the detainees and hostages from the honorable people of our people
– Sudanese Professionals Association (@AssociationSd) November 18, 2021
The moves called by the Sudanese Professionals Association came in protest against the suppression of the demonstrations that took place yesterday, Wednesday, in rejection of the decisions of the President of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
The French Press Agency quoted witnesses as saying that the Sudanese police today fired tear gas canisters at demonstrators who were setting up barricades in Khartoum.
The agency added that the demonstrators in north Khartoum stayed overnight in front of their checkpoints, continuing to protest against what they describe as the military coup.
On the other hand, there was a heavy security presence in the north of the Sudanese capital, according to Reuters.
The Ministry of Health of the isolated Sudanese government confirmed the killing of 14 demonstrators and the injury of dozens of others in yesterday’s demonstrations, while Reuters quoted medics as saying that 15 people were killed by security forces’ bullets, and most of the deaths fell in neighborhoods north of Khartoum, according to the agency.
For its part, the Sudanese police said through its Facebook account that 89 of its members were wounded, noting that the protesters targeted a number of its armored vehicles.
She also indicated that one person was killed in Khartoum North and 30 citizens were injured, and she said that she secured state institutions and the demonstrators as usual, but she was met with what she described as unjustified violence.
source of legitimacy
In international reactions to recent events, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called – during a joint press conference with his Kenyan counterpart in Nairobi – for a democratic transition in Sudan.
Blinken said that the ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok is the source of legitimacy in Sudan, and that the US administration is working with the international community to release political detainees in Sudan, adding that support will return if the army retreats from seizing power.
For its part, the European Union condemned the violence against demonstrators and the arrest of journalists, and held the Sudanese army responsible for any human rights violations, and called for a return to the path of dialogue with civilians.
As for Britain, Norway and Switzerland, they condemned what they called the alleged appointment of the new Sovereign Council in Sudan in “violation” of the constitutional declaration signed in 2019, and called for a return to a transitional government headed by civilians.
On the other hand, consultations are continuing in Sudan to form a new government to succeed the ousted government of Abdullah Hamdok.
Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, head of the Sovereignty Council and the commander of the army, Lieutenant-General, said – during his meeting with Molly as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs – that the Sudanese army is unwilling to continue in power, and is committed to the constitutional document.
For her part, the US official said – in a tweet on Twitter – that she had discussed with Abdullah Hamdok ways to restore the democratic transition in Sudan.
Since last October 25, Sudan has been experiencing a severe crisis, as Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency, dissolved the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, and dismissed the governors, following the arrest of party leaders, ministers and officials, in exchange for continuous protests rejecting these measures as a military coup.