Clashes between protesters and security forces left at least one person dead in Khartoum on Thursday, the fourth day after a military coup by protesters took to the streets and the international community called for a restoration of power. Sudan the political transitional government.
On Monday, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, now alone at the helm of a conflict-ridden poor African country, ousted the transitional government supposedly leading the transition to democracy and ordered the arrest of ministers and top public officials. its classes that are citizens.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council unanimously called for the “restoration of a transitional government led by the people” in power in the country, where the dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir ended three years ago after three decades. US President Joe Biden reiterated his call, pledging to “stand by the people of Sudan”.
“Our message to the Sudanese military is clear: the Sudanese people must be able to demonstrate peacefully,” he added.
At least eight protesters have been killed and another 170 injured since Monday as opponents of the coup say they are determined to stay on the streets until a political government returns despite soldiers and police with rifles, tear gas and plastic bullets.
Yesterday afternoon, in addition to the protester who lost his life, six other people were injured, several by bullets, in North Khartoum, a suburb separated by the capital Nile, medical sources informed the French Agency.
“We may have other dead, but it is difficult to contact North Khartoum to confirm this,” said the Committee of Physicians, a union that has been involved in democratization since the beginning.
Safety forces opened a real-real spheres, they used rubber and tearwood shelter to dissolve protesters and Buri district, in the eastern part of the capital, said journalists of the French agency.
After the military coup, supporters of the transfer of power to a political government set up roadblocks on Khartoum Avenue. They are trying to defend them in order to paralyze the country as part of the “political disobedience” campaign, to which almost all political movements have called. Only a few ovens are open, where they form family queues. Shops, banks, restaurants have closed their shutters.
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“Security forces are trying to remove all the roadblocks,” said Khatem Ahmed, a protester. “We set them up again as soon as they leave. We will not give up until a political government takes power. “
“We do not want a military regime, we want a democratic and free life,” said another protester, who is in favor of a “general strike”.
On social networking sites, accessible in few locations in the country as the authorities cut off internet access, calls for people to go down in mass mobilization tomorrow Saturday are multiplying.
Activists want “a million protesters” to demand that General Burhan, who served in the armed forces during al-Bashir's three decades of monarchy, go to meet him again in prison.
In 1989, General Bashir, also a general, seized power in a military coup against democratically elected Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. Before he was overthrown in April 2019 by the army, under the pressure of a months-long popular uprising.
On Monday, it was Abdallah Hamdock, the head of the transitional government formed in 2019, who was overthrown by General Burhan. He has now been transferred to his home in Khartoum, but has no “freedom of movement”, according to the UN.
Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, the prime minister's daughter and ousted by al-Bashir, praised one of the few transitional government politicians who were not arrested for praising diplomats – 68 in number, according to one – who condemned the military coup.
In response, General Burhan suspended six ambassadors, including to China, the European Union, France and the United States.
On Wednesday, UN special envoy Volker Pertes reiterated to Mr Hamdock and General Burhan that there was an urgent need for a “return to the political transition process” and the “release of all those arbitrarily arrested”.
Efforts to silence the opposition continue: Security forces arrested several activists and protesters, sometimes invading their homes, and last night, public television broadcast that its director, Lukman Ahmed, who had long been in favor of a political government, had been fired. .
To justify the coup, General Burhan on Tuesday cited the danger of a “civil war” erupting following mass protests for and against the military. It did not convince the African Union, which suspended Sudan's membership in the organization, nor the US