anti-coup protester and police general killed in new protests

Published on : 13/01/2022 – 17:58Modified : 13/01/2022 – 19:42

New protests against the ruling army took place in Sudan on Thursday in which a protester was killed “with a bullet in the stomach” by security forces. While for the first time, the police announced the death of one of their generals in a parade in Khartoum. An event that raises fears of a new outbreak of violence despite the launch on Monday of an indirect dialogue with the Sudanese civil and military parties under the aegis of the UN.

An anti-coup protester and a police general were killed on Thursday during new protests in Khartoum against the coup, raising fears of a new outbreak of violence in the country days after the launch of a dialogue under the aegis of ONU.

On October 25, the head of the transitional authorities, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, led a coup. Since then, the street has not stopped shouting at him. And the security forces to repress the demonstrators, with 64 already dead in their ranks, according to doctors close to the protesters.

The most recent on Thursday was killed “with a bullet in the stomach” during new protests in the northern suburbs of Khartoum, the doctors reported.

Earlier in the afternoon, the police, who regularly report dozens of wounded in their ranks, announced for the first time the death of one of their generals. He was “stabbed to death by groups of demonstrators” in Khartoum, his spokesman Idriss Abdallah Idriss said.

This death could change the situation because on the one hand the demonstrators say they are pacifists and on the other, the authorities accuse some of them of seeking confrontation, in a country where millions of weapons are in circulation.

Arrest of journalists

According to witnesses, security forces fired tear gas canisters again on Thursday at thousands of anti-coup protesters in Khartoum.

In addition, London-based al-Araby TV reported that one of its teams was arrested while covering the protests. Since the coup, Sudan has already been singled out by the international community for arrests and beatings of reporters.

Thursday in spite of everything, the crowd chanted: “Burhane, it is the Islamists who brought you there!”.

Because for the partisans of a civilian power in Sudan – remained under the rule of the military almost continuously since its independence 66 years ago -, the putsch is a means of returning to the old regime of Omar el- Bashir, a dictatorship that is both military and Islamist.

Already, the civilian face of the difficult transition has left the ship: in early January, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok resigned.

And this, while since the coup, the generals have failed to rename a government of civilians as they had promised since October 25.

The street is intractable. She wants nothing less than the departure of General Burhane, as she obtained in 2019 the departure of Bashir.

Between irreconcilable camps, the UN has been trying to bring all Sudanese actors back to the negotiating table for weeks.

On Monday, his envoy to Khartoum, Volker Perthes, officially launched an initiative for which he said he wanted to initially promote individual talks before a second phase of direct or indirect negotiations.

If Volker Perthes ensures that there was “no objection” from the military, civilians have already rejected many of them his idea.

“No negotiation”

The Sudanese Professionals Association, central to anti-Bashir protests, “completely rejected” such talks, while the Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), the main civilian political bloc, demanded guarantees on the fact that this dialogue does not seek “to legitimize” the new “regime” born of the putsch.

Because for the demonstrators who continue to go out in the streets, the line is clear: “no negotiation”, “no partnership” with the army, they cry out.

“We do not want this initiative (of the UN), that’s all,” insists Awad Saleh, a 62-year-old protester, to AFP.

General Burhane, he claims to have only made a “correction of the course of the revolution” and he claims to want to lead Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, to free elections in 2023.

But its support abroad is increasingly rare and a resumption of international aid suspended with the putsch is not on the agenda for the moment.

With AFP

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