Road closures are the most prominent scene.. This is how Khartoum looked on the first day of civil disobedience
Activists in the resistance committees refused to set a percentage of participation in civil disobedience, and said that carrying out the disobedience in any proportion is considered a development of protest tools, and that the barricades contribute to the success of the strike by introducing the neutral bloc into the protest action.
Khartoum- The Sudanese capital, Khartoum, witnessed a partial response to calls for civil disobedience launched by political forces and union entities, in protest against the increasing cases of violence against protesters denouncing the army’s seizure of power since last October 25.
71 Sudanese have been killed since the protests began, the last of whom were 7 participants in the demonstrations on Monday (January 17), according to statistics from the opposition Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.
And the capital’s streets – according to a tour of Al-Jazeera Net – witnessed today, Tuesday, a decline in transport traffic, compared to normal days, and limited shops closed their doors to their customers, especially those located on major streets.
Meanwhile, life seemed normal in the neighborhoods of “Kadro” and “Halfaya” north of the city of Bahri in Khartoum during the morning hours, but protesters blocked traffic in the areas of “Shambat” and “Al-Massa’a Bahri” (main gathering points for protesters), using barricades ( stones, logs).
Protesters in Sudan have erected barricades since the beginning of the demonstrations against ousted President Omar al-Bashir, to prevent the passage and incursion of soldiers’ vehicles into residential neighborhoods.
Owners of vehicles passing through the main Al-Maounah Street in Bahri – at the “Shambat, Al-Safia, and Al-Musaa” areas – were forced to take alternative roads, or pass through the side streets in the middle of residential neighborhoods.
Al Jazeera Net noted the closure of most of the shops in the establishment area in Bahri, while the response to the closure was relatively weak in Shambat, despite the barricades, where the central market, cafeterias, shops and banks continued to provide their services as usual.
It is not known whether the closure of shops – in the vicinity of the barricades areas – in response to calls for disobedience or out of fears of clashes between members of the resistance committees and the security forces.
Eyewitnesses told Al Jazeera Net that all bridges of the capital, Khartoum, are open to transport, including the King Nimr Bridge, which remained closed for more than a week.
According to eyewitnesses, workers in ministries and government agencies organized their jobs as usual. While several areas in the capital witnessed a traffic disruption by setting up barricades, as in the Sahafa Zalat Street that leads to one of the country’s most important land ports, and in the Burri area east of Khartoum, and in Lafa Al-Jarif near Khartoum International Airport, and the Nile Street in Omdurman was closed, according to tracking pages. Sudanese resistance committees.
Universities, pharmacies and markets
Among the manifestations of civil disobedience broadcast by the Central Sudan Pharmacists Committee, the closure of dozens of pharmacies appeared, in implementation of the committee’s calls for its employees to participate in the disobedience.
In the Al-Sajana market in Khartoum, pictures and video clips showed the closure of a number of shops participating in the rebellion in protest against the killing of a market worker during protests on Monday.
And the Khartoum and Sudan Universities of Science and Technology joined the rebellion, announcing their staff to go on strike on January 18 and 19.
Some shop owners also announced their participation in civil disobedience, and documented this on the pages of social media platforms.
Develop protest tools
Muhammad Mamoun, a member of the Shambat resistance committee, refused to put a percentage on the participation in civil disobedience, describing the matter as “unimportant.” He said that the implementation of the disobedience in any proportion is a development of the tools of protest.
Mamoun stressed to Al Jazeera Net that the barricades contribute to the success of the strike, by introducing the neutral bloc into the protest action.
Meanwhile, Fathia Muhammad, a housewife whom Al Jazeera Net interviewed as she was just leaving the central market in Shambat, said she had not noticed any civil disobedience.
“They are just gears set up by young people to disrupt movement from time to time, and then life returns to normal,” Ms. Fathia said.
Public transport vehicles witnessed altercations between passengers, between supporters and opponents of the strike. One of the passengers supporting the strike said that it is one of the most effective tools at the present time, for its ability to stop the bloodshed.
While another objected to the barricades, stressing that they are a violation of freedom of expression, disrupt people’s lives, and prevent patients from reaching hospitals.