Sudan security forces fire tear gas at anti-coup protesters | Protest News

Thousands of people took to the streets of Sudan as protests against the October 25 military coup continued.

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, as thousands took to the streets military coup This has brought the country to an ordeal stalemate.

Demonstrations in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan on Thursday were the latest in a series of protests since the military overthrew the civilian-led government of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on October 25.

According to the pro-democracy movement, security forces used tear gas to disperse people marching on Khartoum’s main street leading to the fortified presidential palace. Online video showed white smoke — apparently from tear gas — as protesters tried to take cover and others threw rocks at the troops.

Witnesses said protesters chanted: “Let’s go all out and go to the palace” as they gathered in the city center.

The military takeover upended Sudan’s transition to democratic rule after three years of repression and international isolation under former president Omar al-Bashir. The North African country has been on a fragile democratic path since a popular uprising in April 2019 forced the military to oust Bashir.

Sudanese anti-coup protesters hold banners during demonstrations in KhartoumSudanese demonstrators deploy a large banner that reads “Protester may die, but his message lives on” in Arabic [AFP]

Footage circulating online showed demonstrators, mostly young people, marching through various locations in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman. Protests also took place in volatile western Darfur.

Protesters demanded the removal of the general from power and the establishment of a fully civilian government to lead the transition.

A police officer was killed while providing security for protests near the presidential palace, police said. The statement did not say how Colonel Ali Hamad was killed.

Local media reported that he was stabbed to death. It was not immediately clear if the death was related to the protests.

There are more than 60 people killed, and hundreds of others have been injured in the almost daily protests since the coup.

UN pushes for negotiations

The United Nations has repeatedly urged authorities to stop the crackdown on protesters and to take responsibility for killings in previous rounds of protests.

United Nations Mission in Sudan Start individual negotiations Earlier this week, it worked with Sudanese groups to try to bridge the widening gap between the army led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the pro-democracy movement.

The latest UN move has received mixed reactions from Sudanese factions.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, an independent trade union federation that played a major role in organizing the protests, said it completely rejected the UN-facilitated talks.

The mainstream faction of the leading civilian democracy group Forces for Freedom and Change said it would “discuss” the invitation internally and announce its vision.

Spokesman Wagdi Saleh said the FFC rejected “any partnership” with the military.

Protesters also rejected UN talks.

“We simply do not accept this initiative,” said Awad Saleh, a 62-year-old protester. “It’s not clear what points it makes up, so it’s flawed for us.”

However, the ruling Sovereign Council – formed and chaired by Burhan after the coup – welcomed the talks.

Hamdok, the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government for the past two years, Resigned earlier this month, citing the failure to reach a compromise between the generals and the democratic movement. After weeks of house arrest, he struck a deal in November with the military that angered the pro-democracy movement, and was reinstated in November.

In his resignation speech, Hamdok warned that Sudan was now at a “dangerous crossroads that threatens its very existence.”

The movement insisted on a fully civilian government leading the transition, a demand the generals rejected, saying power would only pass to an elected government. Elections are planned for July 2023, according to the 2019 constitutional document on the transition period.

According to constitutional documents, the coup came weeks before the military was supposed to hand over the leadership of the ruling Sovereign Council to the civilian population.