After thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Thursday to express their rejection of military participation in the country’s government and to protest the violence against protesters, 3 protesters were reported to have been killed by security forces firearms.
Doctors from the Sudan Central Committee said the authorities fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, who tried again to reach the presidential palace in Khartoum.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health in Khartoum state reported that security forces broke into Omdurman’s Al-Arbaeen hospital, attacked medical personnel and injured protesters.
No internet, no communications
This came after the country witnessed, according to what confirmed today by the correspondent of Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath, an interruption of the Internet service for mobile phones.
In turn, the NetBlocks observatory to monitor internet outages reported on Twitter that internet communication and services were down in Sudan.
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.
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.
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.
Those protests resulted in the deaths of around 60 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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