Huge crowds are protesting against the military takeover in Sudan

The streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum were full of protesters on Saturday morning, with protesters shouting anti-military slogans and waving banners against the coups.

“Not for military rule, that for civilian rule,” protesters exclaimed in videos posted on social media.

According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Physicians (CCSD), which is coordinated with the civilian component of the now-disbanded Sovereign Council, the military has shot at least two people.

“In the town of Omdurman, a coup military council killed two protesters,” the CCSD said in a Twitter post, adding that one person was shot in the head and another in the abdomen.

The CCSD also said several others were injured when the army fired live bullets at protesters in Omdurman and “other areas of the rebel capital” to disperse protesters. Omdurman is located about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of Khartoum.

All over the country The protests were convened by the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) activist coalition, which was key in organizing the Sudanese uprising in 2019, which led to the overthrow of the president. Omar al-Bashiris three decades of rule.

The SPA is demanding the restoration of a transitional civilian government in the country and is urging protesters to join the “march of millions of people” against a military takeover.

“We are here to tell the world that we will not accept any military interference that would decide the fate of our country,” one protester said on Saturday.

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“A civilian government should rule in this country. Military leaders should not be involved in any political decisions. They are here to protect the country and its people,” another protester said.

A total of 13 people have been killed and 140 injured in protests since the military takeover, the CCSD reports.

Protesters on Saturday as well called on Sudanese Supreme General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to resign.

The October 25 coup followed months of rising tensions in the country, where military and civilian groups have shared power in the years since Bashir’s ouster. Since 2019, Sudan has been ruled by a shaky alliance between the two.

Sudanese are calling for a return to civilian government.

Everything changed on Monday when the military actually took control, dissolved the sovereign council and the transitional government, and temporarily detained Prime Minister Abdallo Hamdok.

Burhan said Monday that the agreement with civilian members of the country’s transitional sovereign council has “become a conflict” and “threatened peace and unity” in Sudan over the past two years.

Several articles of the constitution were suspended and the governors of the states removed.

World leaders have condemned the coup, with the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the African Union and the United Nations all calling on stakeholders to return to the process of democratic transition in the country.

U.S. Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman warned on Friday against using violence against protesters.

“Sudanese need to be allowed to protest peacefully this weekend, and the US will be closely monitoring,” Feltman said.

CNN’s Kara Fox contributed to the reporting.


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