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Thousands march at Sudanese anti-coup rally

Khartoum: Yesterday, protesters marched in the Sahafa district of the southern capital during a large-scale demonstration demanding civilian control. -AFP

Police fire tear gas to dissolve protest l Internet disconnect, activists arrested

Khartoum: Thousands of Sudanese protesters gathered yesterday two months after the military coup, demanding that soldiers “return to the barracks” and call for a transition to civilian rule. Crowds marched through the city of Khartoum, despite the large number of security forces deployed, waving flags, beating drums, dancing, and chanting.

Police officers had previously blocked the bridge between the capital and the suburbs, disconnected telephone lines, and restricted the Internet prior to planned protests. At least 48 people were killed in crackdowns during weeks of protests, according to an independent medical committee, and the Governor of Khartoum warned that security forces would “handle those who break the law and cause confusion.”

Demonstrators have gathered at the presidential residence of Khartoum, the headquarters of the military junta, since General Abdelfatta Albahan took power on October 25. The move alienated many of Hamdock’s democratic supporters who dismissed it as providing a legitimate cover to the Barhan coup.
Online protesters encouraged their supporters with a slogan, including demanding “no negotiations” with the military. According to witnesses, as well as rallies in Khartoum and its suburbs, protesters marched on the streets of Madani, a town about 150 km south.

Internet was disconnected at dawn

Security forces with cranes used shipping containers to block the bridge across the Nile between Khartoum and the cities of Omdurman and northern Khartoum, and web surveillance group NetBlocks reported that the mobile internet was cut off at sunrise yesterday. Did. Activists reported that several colleagues had been arrested since Friday night, and UN Sudanese envoy Volker Perthes urged authorities to “protect” the protests not to stop them. “Freedom of expression is a human right,” Perthes said yesterday, adding that it includes “full access” to the Internet. “No one should be arrested for his or her intention to protest peacefully.”

“We draw the attention of the world and ask them to monitor what is happening in Sudan on the issue of the revolutionary movement for freedom and democracy,” said a medical committee member who is part of the democratic movement. The meeting said.

The Governor of Khartoum warned that “accessing or attacking strategically sovereign buildings is punishable by law.” At a rally last Sunday on the third anniversary of a mass demonstration that led to the expulsion of veteran influential Omar al-Bashir, the crowd began a “sit-in” protest outside the presidential palace.

Rape used as a “weapon”

Within hours, security forces dispersed thousands of protesters in a tranchon and fired a tear gas container. Activists condemned sexual attacks during these protests, and the United Nations said at least 13 women and girls had been raped. The European Union and the United States released a joint statement on Thursday condemning the use of sexual violence “as a weapon to keep women away from demonstrations and silence their voices.”

One of the poorest countries in the world, Sudan has a long history of military coups and has enjoyed a rare interlude of democratic rule since its independence in 1956. United Nations office for humanitarian coordination, the highest level in 10 years. Activists say more demonstrations are planned for December 30th. — AFP

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