Le Monde: If the repression started from day one, it reached a new level yesterday, Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Yesterday, Wednesday, 15 anti-coup protesters were killed in Khartoum in the bloodiest day since the October 25 coup, and this coincided with the army putting the whole country behind horrific closed doors after cutting off all communications.
Thus commented the newspaper “لوموند(Le Monde) on the events in Sudan during the protests that swept it yesterday, noting that the northern suburb of the capital (Khartoum Bahri) alone killed 11 people, including a woman, by security forces’ bullets, according to the pro-democracy doctors’ union.
The newspaper quoted the union as saying that these forces targeted “the head, neck or chest,” noting that a total of 39 people have been killed since the coup, including 3 teenagers, and hundreds have been wounded.
And if the repression began from the first day, Le Monde stressed that it had reached a new level yesterday, Wednesday, 17 November 2021.
She added that if the military had cut off the internet since before the outbreak of violence following the October 25 coup, yesterday they disrupted all telephone communications in a country where the opposition has organized itself through SMS or even through graffiti.
The newspaper quoted the leaders of the gathering of professionals denouncing what happened and accusing the security forces of committing crimes against humanity through “premeditated murder.”
Although those forces denied the accusations; Yesterday evening, the Medical Syndicate accused the security forces of chasing protesters even inside hospitals and firing tear gas canisters at the wounded and ambulances.
While there does not appear to be any political solution in sight after the coup, Le Monde says that the United States has intensified its appeals to the army and promised, after announcing sanctions against Khartoum, that it was ready to support Sudan again, if the army put the train of political transition back on track.
But it does not seem that Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan – who is also the commander of the army – is thinking of turning back the clock, as he returned to the head of the highest institution in the transitional period (the Sovereignty Council), re-appointed all its military members or loyalists, and replaced only 4 Members of full civil authority and replaced by other non-political civilians.
The newspaper concludes that General Al-Burhan is still stressing his intention to hold the 2023 elections and claims that he acted only in order to “correct the course of the revolution,” according to what he said – the day before yesterday – to an American envoy who urged him to restore the civilian government and its Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.