The army released Sudan’s imprisoned prime minister but placed him under house arrest. Protesters are planning a “million march” against the coup, VG Khartoum said.
And on Monday, the phone, the Internet, the airport in the capital, Khartoum, and the entire civilian government were closed Arrested during a military coup In one of the largest countries in Africa.
after, after violent protestsThe soldiers escorted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to his home on Tuesday night, but he is still being held under strict supervision. Several of his ministers and other civilian leaders remain in prison, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Sudan: – The army went directly to the demonstrators
– As long as Hamdok’s house is surrounded by soldiers, this will not matter. People don’t believe in the generals who talk about interfering to protect democracy, says Bertie Marie Olvesiter, who heads the Norwegian Church’s help desk in Sudan.
The situation is still very volatile and tense. Demonstrators closed large areas, planning a “March of the Million” after Friday prayers. A strike has been announced, supplies are not reaching the capital, and some basic goods are running out, she explained by phone from Khartoum.
Blame the government
Major General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan tried to justify the coup in a televised speech on Tuesday.
He said Sudan is on the brink of civil war due to a series of seemingly unresolved political crises. Moreover, it was reported that the army had recently become the target of a smear campaign and that the decision to seize power was made only after attempts at dialogue with civilian actors failed.
Al-Burhan said the goal is to continually lead the country towards democratic rule and hand over power to an elected civilian government.
– Expel the protesters
But the coup encountered popular riots there A brutal and fearsome militia has been deployed by the army.
VG previously spoke to an eyewitness who was present during the riots in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. talking about her Fierce street fighting after the military coup.
– Chasing protesters with tear gas. At the military headquarters, the soldiers broke into cars in the crowd, and a number of them were wounded. We could hear gunshots, not just from handguns, but from heavy machine guns, the guy told VG via an encrypted phone app.
Other sources also report an increase in violence:
Unbridled coup forces are attacking protesters across the country, says the trade union caucus, which was central to the demonstrations that ousted President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
Security Council session failed
As of Tuesday night, the UN Security Council had failed to agree on a joint statement. The reason is that China and Russia did not agree to describe the situation as a coup, as other member states agreed, according to news agency sources.
According to the US State Department, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Hamdok on Tuesday. She added that Blinken welcomed his release but expressed his “deep concern” about the military coup and stressed US support for a civilian government in Sudan.
The so-called troika – Norway, the United States and Britain – which previously mediated conflicts in Sudan, called the army’s actions a “betrayal of the revolution”. The African Union and the Arab League also expressed concern, NTB wrote.
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