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Sudan deploys troops and disconnects internet prior to anti-coup protest

Armies were deployed across Sudan’s Khartoum, closing almost all bridges over the Nile that connect the capital and its twin cities, Omdurman and the Bari district.

Recent protests have seen thousands of people gather in major government buildings. (AFP)

Sudan cut off telephone lines and restricted the Internet prior to a planned large-scale protest against a military coup.

Security forces were deployed throughout Khartoum on Saturday, blocking the bridge between the capital and the suburbs.

Activists using the Internet to organize recent mass demonstrations were planning the latest in a series of street protests on Saturday-an army led by General Abdel Fatta Albahan on October 25. It’s been two months since we started hijacking.

The Governor of Khartoum warned that security forces would “handle those who break the law and cause confusion.”

Protesters called for a new rally online, encouraging supporters with the slogan “no negotiations” with the military, and demanding “returning soldiers to the barracks.”

However, the bridge that connects Khartoum across the Nile to the cities of Omdurman and northern Khartoum has been blocked since Friday night.

Security forces also blocked the main street in central Khartoum, where the organizers were planning to demonstrate.

Recent protests have attracted thousands of people to major government buildings such as outside parliament, the presidential residence, and the Army Council.

The Governor of Khartoum warned that “accessing or attacking strategically sovereign buildings is punishable by law.”

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Military crackdown

Barhan put civilian leader Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock under effective house arrest for weeks after the military hijacking, but revived him on 21 November.

The move alienated many of Hamdock’s supporters of democratization, who dismissed it for providing a legitimate cloak for the Barhan coup.

At least 48 people have died in protesters’ crackdowns since the military hijacking, and security forces have fired live ammunition and tear gas containers, according to an independent medical committee.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Sudan has a long history of military coups and has enjoyed only the rare interludes of democratic rule since its independence in 1956.

More than 14 million people, one-third of Sudan’s population, will need humanitarian aid next year, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This is the highest level in 10 years.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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