by Sarah Osman
Largest protest against the coup Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated across Sudan against the military’s takeover of power on Monday, so far. On Saturday morning ,The streets of Khartoum, were packed with protesters with demonstrators chanting anti-military slogans and waving anti-coup banners : “No for military rule, yes for civilian rule,” protesters shouted in videos posted on social media.
Depending on the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, at least three people were killed by the army’s bullets . The commission said at least 100 people were injured during the protests when the army fired live bullets and tear gas across the country to disperse crowds.
The Sudanese Professionals Activist (SPA) has played an active role in the nationwide protests, in the 2019 Sudan uprising that led to the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule. They called on Sudanese professionals to restore the country’s transitional civilian government and called on protesters to join the “Million Men March” against the military coup.
“This country should be ruled by a civilian government. Military leaders shouldn’t be involved in any political decision. They are here to protect the country and its people,” a protester said.
In total, 13 people have been killed and 140 others injured in the protests since the military takeover, according to the CCSD. On Saturday, demonstrators also called for Sudan’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to resign.
That all changed on Monday when the military effectively took control, dissolving the power-sharing Sovereign Council and transitional government, and temporarily detaining Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Burhan said Monday the agreement with civilian members of the country’s transitional sovereign council “became a conflict” over the past two years, “threatening peace and unity” in Sudan.
Global leaders have lambasted the coup, with the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the African Union and the United Nations all 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.
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