Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at Khartoum demonstrators | Protest News

According to witnesses and videos posted on social media, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters in the capital Khartoum. Thousands of people rallied across the country to condemn military rule.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered on the streets of the capital and other cities on Thursday. This was the first large-scale demonstration since Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation as prime minister.

These demonstrations are the latest in a series of protests since the Sudanese Armed Forces led by General Abdul Fatah Burhan launched a seizure of power on October 25, and they have sparked condemnation from the international community.

The coup led to the dismissal and detention of civilian leadership and undermined the difficult transition to democracy that began after the removal of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

According to medical staff, the military takeover — one of several takeovers in Sudan’s history after independence — triggered massive demonstrations and bloody suppression, killing at least 57 people and injuring hundreds.

“Our march will continue until we restore our revolution and our civilian government,” said Mojataba Hussein, a 23-year-old protester in Khartoum.

Another demonstrator, 22-year-old Samar al-Tayeb, promised: “We will not stop until our country returns.”

“We will once again occupy the streets, go to the tyrant’s palace, reject military rule, and insist on peace. This is our most powerful weapon,” the resistance committee that organized the Bahri protests said in a statement.

‘Dangerous intersection’

Although security measures have been strengthened and the main streets leading to the presidential palace and army headquarters have been closed, the protests on Thursday continued.

According to a Reuters reporter and Internet blockade observation station NetBlocks, from late in the morning, Internet and mobile services across the country appear to have been disrupted.

Witnesses said that demonstrations also broke out in Port Sudan in the east, Atbara in the north and Wadhmadani in the south.

According to eyewitnesses, protesters in the capital beat drums, sang revolutionary songs and held up posters of victims since the coup.

On Sunday, the post-Bashir civilian leader and prime minister Abdullah Hamdok, Resign, Let the army take full responsibility.

He was previously deposed and placed under house arrest in a coup d’etat on October 25, but returned to the government on November 21 under an agreement signed with al-Burhan-a move that was rejected by the protest movement as a “betrayal” and military rule. Fig leaf.

In his resignation speech, Hamdok warned that Sudan is at a “dangerous crossroads that threatens its survival.”

On Tuesday, the United States, the European Union, Norway, and the United Kingdom warned the military not to appoint their own successor to Hamdok, saying they “will not support a prime minister or government appointed without the involvement of a wide range of private stakeholders.”

The protest movement insisted on the transition from a fully civilian government to elections. This request was rejected by the generals, who said that power would only be transferred to the democratically elected government.

The election is scheduled to be held in July 2023.

Al Burhan, chairman of the ruling sovereign committee, said that an independent cabinet with “specific tasks” will be formed as the executive branch of the transitional government.

He said the army will “protect the democratic transition” until Sudan can hold free and fair elections.