Massive Crowds Demonstrate Against Sudan’s Military Takeover

The streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum filled with protesters on Saturday morning, with protesters chanting anti-military slogans and waving anti-coup banners.

“No to the military government, yes to the civil government,” the protesters shouted in videos posted on social media.

At least three people were shot and killed by the military, according to the Central Committee of Doctors of Sudan (CCSD), which is aligned with the civilian component of the now-dissolved Sovereign Council.

One person was shot in the head and another in the stomach, CCSD said in a post on Twitter.

The CCSD also said that at least 100 other people were injured during the protests when the military fired live bullets and used tear gas at protesters in various areas of the country to disperse crowds.

The demonstrations saw crowds of protesters chanting anti-military slogans and waving anti-coup flags and banners.
At the national level The protests were called by the activist Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) coalition, which was instrumental in organizing the 2019 Sudan uprising that led to the ouster of the president. Omar al-BashirThe three decade rule.

The SPA calls for the restoration of the country’s transitional civilian government and calls on protesters to join a “million-man march” against the seizure of military power.

“We are here to tell the world that we will not accept any military interference in deciding the fate of our country,” a protester said Saturday.

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“This country must be governed by a civilian government. Military leaders must not be involved in any political decision. They are here to protect the country and its people,” said another protester.

In all, 13 people have been killed and another 140 injured in protests since the military takeover, according to the CCSD.

On Saturday, the protesters also called for the resignation of Sudan’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The October 25 coup followed months of mounting tensions in the country, where military and civilian groups have shared power in the years since Bashir was deposed. Since 2019, Sudan has been ruled by an unstable alliance between the two.

The Sudanese people are calling for a civilian-led government to be returned to power.

All that changed on Monday when the military effectively took control, dissolved the Sovereign Council and the transitional government, which shared power, and temporarily detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Burhan said on Monday that the agreement with civilian members of the country’s sovereign transition council “turned into a conflict” over the past two years, “threatening peace and unity” in Sudan.

Several articles of the constitution have been suspended and state governors removed.

World leaders have lashed out at the coup, with the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the African Union and the United Nations urging stakeholders to return to the country’s democratic transition process.

On Friday, US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, warned against the use of violence against protesters.

“The Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully this weekend, and the United States will be watching closely,” Feltman said.

CNN’s Kara Fox contributed reporting.

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