New manifestations in Sudan and the authorities close the bridges in Khartoum

In view of the new demonstrations scheduled for today, Sunday, the Sudanese authorities closed at dawn the bridges over the Nile that connect the cities of the capital to traffic, with the exception of the Halfaya and Soba bridges.

A security source predicted that the internet service would be down in the next few hours.

Several resistance committees intend to organize new demonstrations today towards the republican building in central Khartoum, to reject the actions of the army chief, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, on October 21 and the subsequent political agreement between him and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

The Sudanese Professionals Association had called for participation in protests and “millions of processions” today, calling for 2022 to be “a year of continued resistance,” as it claimed.

Last night, Saturday, in a statement also appealed to all Sudanese, “and to the masses of professionals and employees in all the cities and villages of the country, so that they can go out and actively participate in the million processions “. “We make 2022 the year of continuous and ferocious resistance,” he added.

5 murders and international condemnation

This call to descend in piazza comes after the violent protests in the country last Thursday (December 30, 2021), which led to the death of 5 people, according to what was announced at the time by the Sudan Doctors Committee.

The United Nations condemned the use of violence against protesters, underlining its commitment to support the Sudanese people in realizing their aspirations for a democratic and stable country. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Sudan, Volker Peretz, declared yesterday, Saturday, in a declaration in occasion of the 66th anniversary of the country’s independence: “The use of violence against peaceful protesters, attacks on journalists, violations of the right to freedom of the press, as well as other violations of fundamental human rights, do not contribute to creating a environment favorable to the restoration of the peaceful democratic path “.

He also added in the statement published by the United Nations Integrated Mission in support of the transition phase in Sudan (UNITAMS), “these violations must be stopped and a full and credible investigation must begin and the perpetrators must be brought to justice”.

“Respect the right of expression”

In addition, Peretz urged the authorities “to respect the right to peaceful assembly and to allow protesters committed to not using violence to express themselves freely”.

However, he commended the measures taken so far to find a solution to restore the path of the democratic transition, noting that the United Nations is closely following the situation in the country and continues to cooperate to establish a “just and peaceful society that the Sudanese people deserves “.

In turn, the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council denounced the events that accompanied the demonstrations on December 30, ordering the competent authorities to “take all legal and military measures to avoid the recurrence of such incidents and impunity for any aggressor “.

He also stressed that peaceful demonstration is an “inherent right” enshrined in the December revolution.

It is interesting to note that since the army imposed exceptional measures on October 25 (2021) and dissolved the government led by Abdullah Hamdouk, demonstrations and protests by a number of political forces affiliated with the Forces for Freedom and change and others that played the most important role in isolating the former regime led by Omar al-Bashir.

Although the armed forces signed an agreement with Hamdok on 21 November which sanctioned the partnership between the civil and military components of the country, and restored the provisions of the constitutional document suspended after the imposition of the state of emergency (25 October), the they continued to demand the dissolution of that partnership and the handing over of the transitional rule exclusively to civilians, rejecting the agreement signed between Hamdok and army commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

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