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Thousands march in Sudan at an anti-coup rally

Two months after the military coup, thousands of Sudanese protesters gathered on Saturday, demanding soldiers to “return to the barracks” and a transition to civilian rule.

Witnesses marched on the streets of Khartoum, despite a large deployment by security forces that blocked the capital and suburbs, disconnected telephone lines, and restricted the Internet prior to planned protests. He said he did.

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.

Barhan put private leader Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock under effective house arrest for several weeks, but revived him on November 21 under a deal promising an election in July 2023.

The move alienated many of Hamdock’s supporters of democratization, who dismissed it for providing a legitimate cloak for 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 (more than 90 miles) south.

-The internet was disconnected at dawn-

Security forces with cranes used shipping containers to block the bridge across the Nile connecting Khartoum with the cities of Omdurman and northern Khartoum, and web surveillance group NetBlocks disconnected the mobile internet at sunrise on Saturday. I reported that.

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 Saturday, adding that it included “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.

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.”

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 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.

Activists say more demonstrations are planned for December 30th.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/706843/Thousands-march-in-Sudan-in-anti-coup-rallies Thousands march in Sudan at an anti-coup rally

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