Sudan..The police deny shooting protesters, and a gathering of professionals talks about recordings of security involvement
Yesterday, Thursday, the Sudanese police denied firing on demonstrators protesting against the army commander’s decisions to dissolve the Sovereignty and Cabinet Councils, while the Professionals Association said that there are recordings documenting “the involvement of a number of police forces in the assassination and sniping of peaceful demonstrators,” as 15 demonstrators were killed in protests that took place on Wednesday in The capital is Khartoum.
The Director of the Police Forces in Khartoum State, Lieutenant-General Zain al-Abidin Othman, said that the security forces did not use bullets to disperse the demonstrators, but only used tear gas. in attacking citizens.
In the same context, the Director-General of the Sudanese Police Forces, Lieutenant-General Khaled Mahdi, said that the police would investigate the circumstances of the deaths in demonstrations in Khartoum, but the Sudanese official questioned the statistics provided by the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.
Mahdi said in the same press conference that the police do not use firearms in the demonstrations, adding that the plainclothes elements accompanying the police forces in the demonstrations are affiliated with the police.
gathering of professionals
On the other hand, the Sudanese Professionals Association said in a statement that there are “recordings documenting the involvement of a number of police forces in Khartoum in the assassination and sniping of peaceful demonstrators.” Punishment.”
The Central Council for Freedom and Change said that the police prevented ambulances from reaching the wounded protesters, and that they stormed hospitals and fired tear gas inside them. The council stressed that “there is no negotiation, no partnership, and no legitimacy with the military.”
In the same context, lawyer Nafisa Hajar, a member of the Sudanese lawyers team defending detainees in the demonstrations, told Al Jazeera that the authorities arrested 72 demonstrators the day before yesterday, Wednesday, including those injured and 11 minors. The lawyer added that the authorities placed the detainees as guards at the Muqrin Police Department, in preparation for their transfer to Soba Prison in Khartoum.
And Reuters news agency reported that a group of resistance committees that are coordinating the protest movement in eastern Khartoum announced in a statement that they had entered “an open escalation schedule until the overthrow of the coup authority.” A prominent member of the committees, who requested anonymity, said that consultations are taking place between the resistance committees regarding Escalation of protests.
Statement: The police press conference is an outright lie and a death to professionalism and conscience
The military coup council bears full responsibility for the massacres, free killings and systematic violence against the peaceful revolutionaries and revolutionaries in all the cities and villages of Sudan, crimes that are not strange or new to this corrupt junta.#November 17 massacre pic.twitter.com/SYlXOjqv8H
– Sudanese Professionals Association (@AssociationSd) November 18, 2021
Yesterday, Thursday, clashes renewed in the city of Khartoum North between protesters who reject the army commander’s measures and the security forces. The Foundation station area on the main Maouneh Street in the city witnessed a hit and run between the police and the demonstrators, and the security forces used tear gas to disperse the protesters, who closed the roads with concrete barriers.
On October 25, the commander of the Sudanese army, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, announced a state of emergency, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and transitional ministers, releasing governors, and arresting party leaders, ministers and officials. Before the announcement of the army’s decisions, Sudan had been living, since August 2019, a 53-month transitional period that ends with holding elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civil forces and armed movements that signed a peace agreement with the government in 2020.
On the international level, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned yesterday, Thursday, the killing of Sudanese demonstrators, in the wake of the heaviest repression of protests since the army’s decisions last month.
“We continue to support the demand of the Sudanese people to restore the civilian-led transitional authority,” Blinken added, including restoring ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to his post.
Norway’s ambassador to Sudan, Therese Helen Geisel, said that shooting protesters in Sudan is unacceptable, and called for the immediate return of the civilian transitional government headed by Hamdok.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Norway’s ambassador to Sudan, Therese Helen Geisel, said that shooting protesters in Sudan is unacceptable, and called for the immediate return of the civilian transitional government headed by Hamdok, whom she described as the legitimate prime minister, and stressed the ambassador, who met Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan a week ago, However, the international community will exert maximum pressure on the military component to respect human rights and freedom of expression and assembly.
European Union Foreign Policy Commissioner Josep Borrell said that if the constitutional order in Sudan is not restored immediately, there will be severe consequences for the European Union, including with regard to financial support. From inside hospitals, preventing them from receiving treatment is worrying.
also condemned Stephane Dujarric Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the repeated use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators in Sudan, Dujarric added in a press conference that what he called the de-facto authorities in Sudan should stop committing further human rights violations.