Sudan..Death and dozens wounded in a protest demonstration and the announcement of the establishment of a special force to combat terrorism
Today, Monday, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors announced that 7 people were killed and about 100 wounded during the police dispersal of a demonstration in the vicinity of the presidential palace in Khartoum, at a time when the Security and Defense Council approved the establishment of a special force to combat terrorism.
Al-Jazeera correspondent said that 10 people were injured when the police fired tear gas and sound bombs at the demonstrators in Khartoum North.
He also reported that protesters against the army’s actions closed the 40th Street in the Omdurman area.
Refusal and Claims
During an emergency session of the Security and Defense Council chaired by the President of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to discuss the security situation, the Council approved the establishment of a special force to combat terrorism to confront what it described as potential threats.
The Council denounced the events taking place in the country, and what it described as chaos as a result of deviating from the legitimacy of peaceful demonstration and following what it called the method of violence.
Large numbers of protesters have taken to the streets to demand the return of civilian rule, in refusal to exceptional measures taken by Al-Burhan on October 25, which ended the power-sharing arrangements that began after the fall of President Omar al-Bashir with a popular uprising in 2019.
According to a Reuters witness, thousands of demonstrators protested against the military rule, heading towards the presidential palace in the capital again today, and that the security forces responded by firing a barrage of tear gas canisters.
The demonstrators – who gathered at a distance of two kilometers from the palace – blocked a main road in the Al-Dium neighborhood and burned tires before starting their march.
The protesters set out from the “Basdar” station (south of Khartoum), and the resistance committees set the course for the new demonstrations, which were called the “January 17 Million”, as well as 10 gathering places.
In anticipation of any violence, the US Embassy in Khartoum called on its citizens to be vigilant on the occasion of the protests that were called in Khartoum and several other states.
During the past weeks, the security forces intervened to prevent the demonstrators from reaching the presidential palace, and this resulted in deaths and injuries.
Since October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests in response to the exceptional measures, most notably the imposition of the state of emergency and the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, which political forces considered a military coup, in exchange for the army’s denial.
delegation and meetings
Meanwhile, Khartoum is preparing to receive an American delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State Mul V and the United States’ envoy to the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield.
The US delegation is scheduled to arrive within days in the Sudanese capital, where it will meet with military officials, opposition figures and activists.
Before that, the US delegation will visit the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to participate in the Conference on Supporting Sudan to mobilize support for the UN mission in the process of the transition of power under a civilian leadership.
As for the envoy of the African Union, Adewe Bankole, he held a series of meetings, which included the two members of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Malik Agar and Taher Hajar.
Bancoli stressed the importance of continuing dialogue to find common ground that would make a solution to the crisis possible.
In the midst of a regional and international diplomatic movement, the opposition “Freedom and Change” forces announced their conditional approval of a UN initiative aimed at ending the political crisis.
Terms and advice
During a press conference following the meeting of the UN representative in Khartoum yesterday, Wagdy Saleh, a leader in the “Freedom and Change-Central Council”, announced the decision to deal positively with the UN proposal on the basis of ending what he described as the coup d’etat in the country, and drafting a new constitution.
Saleh stressed the forces’ categorical rejection of any negotiations with the military. He also called on the “Central Council” to expand the UN proposal to include the Troika (America, Britain and Norway) and the European Union, and that the consultations be determined according to a specific time limit.
He explained – in an interview with Al Jazeera – that the popular movement will continue in the street, calling on the military establishment to take confidence-building measures such as releasing detainees and stopping repression.
For its part, the United Nations Mission (UNITAMS) said – in a briefing on its proposal – that the internal Sudanese efforts have not yet succeeded in facing the crisis.
UNITAMS added that it will hold meetings individually with all Sudanese political forces and parties, as well as civil and military actors.