Demonstrations in Khartoum “One Homeland” against tribal violence

Hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated on Tuesday against the military coup carried out by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last year and the tribal clashes that killed more than 100 people, according to AFP correspondents.The Forces for Freedom and Change, the country’s main opposition coalition, had called “the procession of the only Sudanese nation to the capital and states” last week on Sunday before it was postponed to Tuesday. Protesters in the capital, Khartoum, were seen carrying the Sudanese flag, chanting: “Sudan is a homeland for all people.”

They also shouted “No to the tribe, no to regionalism”, while others called on the army to “return in barracks, “according to AFP reporters. High-ranking politicians attended demonstrations on Tuesday, including Mohamed El-Feki and former minister Khaled Omar Youssef. The two were part of the group of civilian officials that Al-Burhan has removed from power in his military coup.Sudan is witnessing political and economic unrest and thousands of Sudanese go out to demonstrate regularly in the capital and in other cities to demand the return of the civilian government. Since the military coup by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25 last year, 114 demonstrators have been killed, according to Sudan’s anti-coup Central Medical Committee.

Sudan is suffering from an escalation of the economic crisis and a widespread security collapse that has led to an escalation of ethnic clashes in areas far from the capital. Clashes recently broke out in the Blue Nile State, on the border with Ethiopia, due to a land dispute between the Alberti and Hausa tribes, which resulted in the killing of at least 105 people and the wounding of 291 others.

Since then, tribal clashes have sparked angry protests in several Sudanese cities, as thousands of members of the Hausa tribe took to the streets of many states, including the capital, to demand “retribution for the martyrs”. Opponents of the coup see the key to solving the problem in the hands of the military and their allies from previous rebel movements accused of exacerbating ethnic and tribal tensions for personal gain.

Al-Burhan announced earlier this month that the military institution would not participate in the national dialogue advocated by the United Nations and the African Union “to make room for political and revolutionary forces … and to form an independent national government. competences to complete the (requirements) of the transitional period “.

Al-Burhan’s announcement also included that “the Sovereignty Council will be dissolved and a Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will be formed from the military and rapid support to assume supreme command of the regular forces and be responsible for security and defense tasks. , “After the formation of the civilian government. However, Al-Burhan’s announcement was rejected by protesters and opposition forces. The Forces for Freedom and Change described the announcement as an” open maneuver. ”