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Sudanese security forces fire tear gas as thousands protest the coup

Khartoum: According to witnesses, as thousands of people gathered in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and other cities, security forces fired tear gas yesterday and continued to put pressure on the army after the coup 11 weeks ago. On October 25, a coup led by Army staff General Abdel Fatta Albahan will shift power sharing between the military and civilians, which was carefully established in the wake of the long-standing expulsion of Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Crazed.

According to witnesses, security forces fired tear gas when protesters in support of democratization headed for the presidential palace in central Khartoum and northern Khartoum. The main streets around the capital are blocked to prevent people from gathering there or at military headquarters. This is the epicenter of a mass demonstration that kicked Bashir out.

Opponents also gathered in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum across the Nile, and Wad Madani in the south, witnesses said. “No, there is no military regime,” the demonstrators chanted when waving the flag.

“We can never be less than a full civilian government,” said 27-year-old protester Anma Hamed in Khartoum. Protests since the coup, one of several seize powers in Sudan’s post-independence history, have encountered crackdowns that have killed at least 60 people. Authorities repeatedly denied the use of live ammunition in confronting protesters, often claiming that numerous security forces were injured during “out of peace” demonstrations.

Doctors blame hospital raids

Medics in lab coats attended yesterday’s rally and protested security forces attacking hospitals and medical facilities during previous demonstrations. The central committee of Dr. Sudan, who is participating in the protest, said on Saturday that doctors would list and deliver a memorandum of understanding to UN officials complaining about “assaults” against such facilities.

Last week, Sudanese civilian prime minister Abdullah Hamdock resigned, saying the country was “at a dangerous crossroads that threatened its survival.” He only regained his position on November 21, when he was originally banished with his government in the October coup.

The United Nations said on Saturday that it would facilitate talks among key Sudanese stakeholders to resolve the crisis. However, the Armed Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), a private alliance that led the protest against Bashir and became an integral part of the interim government, said it had not received “details” about the UN initiative.

Yesterday, the Sudanese Expert Association said it had similarly contributed to the anti-Bashir protest, but completely “rejected” the UN-promoted parley. “The way to resolve the Sudanese crisis begins with the complete overthrow of the Petist Military Council and the delivery of its members to face the justice of the killings committed against the defenseless (and) peaceful Sudanese people.” Said the SPA in a statement.

Barhan argued that the October military takeover was “not a coup” but intended only to “correct the process of Sudan’s transition.” The UN Security Council will meet on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Sudan. – AFP

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