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Sudanese Prime Minister resigns as deadly crackdowns on protesters continue

Sudan’s civilian prime minister, Abdullah Hamdock, resigned on Sunday following another deadly crackdown on protesters more than two months after the coup, and the military is now in solid control.

Sudan has been on a vulnerable journey towards civilian rule since the expulsion of Omar al-Bashir from Autocrat in 2019, but military leader General Abdelfatta Albahan couped on October 25. I started and got confused when I detained Hamdock.

Hamdock returned on November 21 under a contract promising an election in mid-2023, but local media recently swirled rumors about a possible resignation and he was absent from his office for days. I reported.

“I did my best to prevent the country from slipping into the disaster,” Hamdock addressed the country on Sunday night on state television.

Sudan “has crossed a dangerous turning point that threatens its entire survival,” he said.

Hamdock was the face of a fragile transition civilian in the country, and Barhan was the de facto leader of the country following the expulsion of Bashir.

Hamdock quoted “fragmentation of political forces and conflicts between the (military and civilian) components of the transition” and “despite all that was done to reach an agreement … it was. It didn’t happen. “

Massive protests against the coup continued after Hamdock’s resurrection, as demonstrators did not trust veteran general Barhan and his promise to lead the country to full democracy.

Protesters also accused the arrangement to revive Hamdock solely for the purpose of giving a legitimate cloak to generals who accused him of continuing the regime built by Bashir.

-‘No to the military government’-

Thousands of demonstrators on Sunday bravely confronted tear gas, large army deployments, and telecommunications power outages to demand private government.

They accused the coup of protests near the presidential residence of the capital Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman, screaming “power over the people” and demanding the return of the army to the barracks.

The Commission on Democratization Promotion Doctors said security forces had killed three protesters. One of them was shot in the chest and the other suffered a “severe head injury.”

Similar to previous demonstrations that have been held regularly since the coup, authorities have built obstacles by blocking the bridge over the Nile between the capital and the surrounding area with shipping containers.

However, at least 57 protesters have been killed since the coup, and thousands have come out to demonstrate “in memory of the martyrs,” according to medical officials who support democratization.

A young man on a motorcycle was seen carrying an injured protester to the hospital as security forces blocked the arrival of an ambulance.

Web surveillance group NetBlocks said mobile internet services were cut in the morning prior to the first protests this year. They were restored in the evening.

Activists are using the internet to organize demonstrations and broadcast live footage of the rally.

Protests since the military takeover have been repeatedly disbanded by accusations by security forces firing tear gas bullets and police batons.

-‘Year of resistance’-

Sudan has a long history of military takeover, but Barhan argued that the military movement was “not a coup”, but a driving force to “correct the transition process.”

On Friday, an official adviser warned that the demonstration was a “waste of energy and time” and would not produce “any political solution.”

Activists have stated on social media that 2022 will be a “year of continued resistance.”

They demand justice from those killed after the coup and more than 250 who died during the months of the massive protests that paved the way for the collapse of Bashir.

Activists also condemned sexual attacks during the December 19 protest, and the United Nations stated that at least 13 women and girls were victims of rape or gangbang.

The European Union and the United States have issued a joint statement condemning the use of sexual violence “as a weapon to keep women away from demonstrations and silence their voices.”

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington “sought to thwart the Sudanese people’s desire for a privately-led democratic government, accountability, justice, and peace.”

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, one in three Sudanese, more than 14 million, will need humanitarian assistance by the end of next year. This is the highest level in 10 years.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707343/Sudan-s-PM-resigns-as-deadly-crackdown-on-proteste Sudanese Prime Minister resigns as deadly crackdowns on protesters continue

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