Report in an American newspaper: Sudan’s generals killed 7 and are negotiating to share power
The American newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” said that the civil disobedience that began in Sudan on Tuesday and lasts for two days is exacerbating the conflict between the protesters and the army generals.
The newspaper stated that the civil disobedience, called by groups calling for democracy, coincides with an economic crisis that fuels the unrest that erupted after the military coup last October.
The call for strike and civil disobedience came a day after security forces fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters in one of the “heaviest” clashes since last year’s coup against the government of resigned Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
The newspaper reported, in a report To its correspondent, Nicholas Barrio, that the confrontations on Monday, which left 7 dead and hundreds injured, represent a significant escalation of tensions between the leaders of the coup and the growing protest movement, while diplomatic efforts to end the unrest have faltered.
The leaders of the protest movement accused the military generals of mismanaging the economy and squandering the country’s gold and oil revenues. The generals deny the charges.
And the American newspaper indicated in its report that more than 70 demonstrators have been killed and thousands of others arrested since Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan seized power on October 25 last year.
She added that the announced strike increases pressure on the Burhan government, while the leaders of the protests called on their supporters to block the streets of the capital (Khartoum) with barricades. The exacerbation of tension coincides with a visit by the US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, and Molly V – Assistant Secretary of State – to Khartoum, “in the latest attempt by Washington to end the unrest.”
The US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, wrote on the social networking site “Twitter” that the United States is concerned about the escalation of violence against the protesters. For its part, the United Nations – which announced last week an initiative to mediate to stop the confrontations between army generals and civilian leaders – described the suppression of the demonstrations last Monday as unacceptable.
Meanwhile, Sudan’s economy remained in a sharp decline; The inflation rate rose to 443% in December, from 163% in 2020. Shortages of basic commodities, from foodstuffs to medicines, continue to anger citizens across the country’s poor cities and complicate efforts to end confrontations, according to analysts.
And the newspaper quotes Maja Bovkon, an Africa analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, a risk analysis and strategic advisory firm based in England, as saying that the failure to implement the previous power-sharing agreement, and the military coup on October 25 and its aftermath The “bloody repression” caused the Sudanese parties to harden their positions, “which is what makes mediating a new agreement a great challenge and prone to failure.”
In turn, Cameron Hudson, former director of the office of the US special envoy to Sudan, stressed the need for the United States to put “more pressure on the leaders of the Sudanese army.”
And the Wall Street Journal attributed him in its report as saying that the military killed 7 protesters, and “tomorrow they will sit with international diplomats to discuss settlements that will keep them within a transitional government.”