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Large-Scale Protests Planned as Sudan Military Tightens Grip After Coup

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  • Large-Scale Protests Planned as Sudan Military Tightens Grip After Coup

  • Security forces also fired tear gas in east Khartoum “and chased protesters afterwards,” a witness there said.

EKO HOT BLOG reports that Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters in and around the capital on Saturday, two days after the military attempted to consolidate its control by creating a new ruling council.

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The pro-democracy demonstrations came nearly three weeks after senior commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan deposed the government, arrested civilian leaders, and imposed an emergency.

“Dozens gathered and began chanting against military rule and marched on to meet up with other rallies,” said Mohieddine Hassan, a witness from Al-Shajarah district in southern Khartoum.

“No, no to military rule”, “Civilian (rule) is the people’s choice”, and “Down with the entire council”, the protesters in southern Khartoum shouted.

Despite the disruption of communication networks, hundreds also gathered in the capital’s twin city of Omdurman, where police dispersed one group of protesters with tear gas, witnesses and an AFP correspondent there said.

Security forces also fired tear gas in east Khartoum “and chased protesters afterwards,” a witness there said.

Other demonstrations broke out in the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, according to witnesses.

The military’s October 25 takeover drew widespread international condemnation, as did a deadly crackdown on street demonstrations by people demanding it restore the country’s democratic transition.

Any hopes the demonstrators had that the military would back down were dashed Thursday, when Burhan named himself as the head of a new ruling Sovereign Council that excludes the country’s main civilian bloc, triggering more condemnation from the West.

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The protests occurred despite the heavy presence of military, police and paramilitary forces in Khartoum, where bridges connecting the capital to neighbouring cities were sealed off, AFP correspondents reported.

The security forces also blocked roads in Khartoum leading to the army headquarters, the site of a mass sit-in in 2019 that led to the ouster of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir.

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