Khartoum is preparing for new demonstrations . and shuts down the internet

Today, Thursday, the Sudanese capital witnessed an internet outage in view of new demonstrations called by various civil groups, while the main roads have been closed as usual.

The correspondent of Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath reported that the internet service from mobile phones in the country was interrupted before the start of the demonstrations by refusing the participation of the military component in the government, or the formation of a government by it.

However, according to the correspondent, in later some companies came back and restored the internet for subscribers.

The processions should head towards the presidential palace in the center of the capital, as has already been the case in precedence.

Fourteenth round

The demonstrations, which are the fourteenth round of protests after the exceptional measures imposed by the country’s armed forces, last October 25 (2021), were called by various local committees in Khartoum, political groups and activists.

On Tuesday (January 4), the capital witnessed mass demonstrations against what has been called “military rule” and in protest against the death of protesters last week.

Demonstrations in Khartoum (archive - AFP)
Demonstrations in Khartoum (archive – AFP)

Those demonstrations came two days after the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who held office since 2019, until the army disbanded the government in October, only to be returned to office on November 21 as part of a deal. with the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, who was largely rejected by the government before the demonstrators.

“57 dead”

Interestingly, since the security forces imposed exceptional measures on October 25, the government has disbanded and in later signed a political agreement with Hamdok which demonstrated the partnership between them, protests continue by the Association of Professionals and Forces for Freedom and Change, expressing their rejection of military participation, calling for a purely civil rule to transfer the country to exclusive democracy.

These protests resulted in the deaths of around 57 civilians, the Sudanese Medical Committee recently announced.

The European Union and the United States have urged Sudanese leaders to respect freedom of expression in the country, to protect civilians and their right to peaceful assembly, warning that the international community would not recognize a prime minister or a unilateral government, in reference to his appointment by the military component.

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