Amid diplomatic moves, calls in Sudan to protest today against the military “coup” under the slogan “Loyalty to the Martyrs”

Sudanese political forces and activists called for demonstrations today, Thursday, in a new round of protests under the slogan “Loyalty to the Martyrs”, a day after the killing of a demonstrator in Omdurman yesterday, coinciding with the arrival of two US envoys and holding talks in Khartoum.

The “Coordination of the Khartoum Resistance Committees East” (a gathering of activists in the protests) said in a statement that “the continuation of the peaceful and mass revolutionary action constitutes a real guarantor for the overthrow of the coup and its allies.”

The statement added, “Based on that, we announce a million tribute to the martyrs on (Thursday) January 20 (this year) on Al-Sitteen Street in Khartoum.”

“We call on all revolutionaries to actively participate in fulfillment of the souls of the martyrs, and we do not know loyalty to the martyrs except by completing the path of the revolution and establishing full civil authority,” he added.

This is the first call for demonstrations after another that took place last Monday, and resulted in 7 deaths and 167 injuries, including 52 with live bullets, according to the (non-governmental) Sudan Doctors Committee, which prompted the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the day before yesterday, Tuesday, to issue a decision to form a fact-finding committee in that events.

Martyr’s Friday

“Freedom and Change” called for commemorating the martyrs’ memory on “Martyr’s Friday” on January 21 (tomorrow Friday), “to be a day to commemorate their memory through processions marching from mosques after Friday prayers, and for the processions to go to the homes of the martyrs.”

For its part, 3 medical non-governmental organizations – the “Sudan Doctors Committee”, the “Sudan Medical Syndicate” and the “Consultants and Specialists Committee” – made an appeal to the free people of the world “to show solidarity with the Sudanese people, and to address governments to pressure and isolate the coup authority in Sudan politically and economically.”

A joint statement issued by the three organizations said, “We call on you (free the world) to address your governments and representatives with the necessity of using all means of pressure and influence that your countries possess against the coup authority and besieging it politically and economically (…) as well as putting pressure on its allies and supporters from the countries of the world and the region.”

These calls come at a time when Khartoum is witnessing for the second day in a row civil disobedience, called for by the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, the Sudanese Professionals Association, the Resistance Committees, and other entities.

Yesterday, Wednesday, protesters blocked with barricades and barricades many streets in Khartoum, and burned tires, in refusal to kill protesters last Monday, and to demand full civilian rule.

Ongoing protests

Protesters in the city of Sennar, southeast of the capital, Khartoum, denounced what they called the country’s military rule.

The demonstrators also condemned the killing of 7 protesters in last Monday’s demonstrations in Khartoum, and demanded accountability for those involved in violations against the demonstrators. The demonstration began in Sennar after the body of one of the dead in the Khartoum demonstrations arrived in his hometown in the region.

Yesterday, the Sudanese security forces killed a demonstrator in the suburb of Omdurman, northwest of the capital, and the (unofficial) Sudan Doctors Committee accused what it called “the coup forces” of killing him while removing barricades in the city of Omdurman.

The committee said – in a statement – “Our people are constantly marching peaceful processions (demonstrations) and using all tools of nonviolent resistance for the sake of a state of freedom and democracy, which has led to the martyrdom of 72 since October 25.”

Diplomatic moves

These developments coincided with the meeting of the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, and “Molly V”, the US Assistant Secretary of State, with families of victims and civil society organizations.

They also met with members of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which was one of the most prominent bodies that led the “revolution” that overthrew former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, and they met with representatives of the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change.

It is also expected that the American delegation will hold meetings with the leaders of the military component in the Authority, in an attempt to contain the political crisis in the country.

The two diplomats held talks earlier in Saudi Arabia with the “Friends of Sudan” group, a group of Western and Arab countries that support a transition to civilian rule.

Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, condemned – during a press conference the first day on Tuesday – “the use of live ammunition against demonstrators in Sudan,” adding, “We continue to demand the authorities (relevant in Khartoum) to allow people to express themselves freely.”

And since last October 25, Sudan has exploded with protests, in response to “exceptional” measures taken by the army commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, most notably the imposition of a state of emergency and the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and the Transitional Ministers, which political forces consider a “military coup”, in exchange for the army’s denial of this. .

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