Protests continue in Sudan a day after military takeover

Sudanese flooded the streets of Khartoum and elsewhere in the country to protest against the coup and press demands for a return to civilian rule.

Anti-coup protesters have blocked roads in the capital Khartoum.
Anti-coup protesters have blocked roads in the capital Khartoum. (AP)

Protests have continued in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, a day after the military seized power in a swift coup widely denounced by the international community.

Pro-democracy protesters blocked some roads in the capital with makeshift barricades and burning tires.

At least seven people have been killed and over 140 wounded during anti-coup protests in the country.

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The prime minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials in the transitional government who were arrested on Monday by the military continued to be held at a military camp outside Khartoum.

The coup has drawn global condemnation. The United Nations Security Council is due to discuss the situation in a closed-door meeting later Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden’s administration announced the suspension of $700 million in emergency assistance to Sudan.

Forces using live ammunition

The Sudanese military seized power Monday, more than two years after a popular uprising forced the overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al Bashir.

Troops from the military and the feared Rapid Support Forces patrolled Khartoum neighbourhoods overnight, chasing protesters.

The international group Human Rights Watch said forces used live ammunition against protesters.

Western governments condemned the coup and called for the release of Hamdok and other officials.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Sudanese capital Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman to protest the military coup.

Several people were injured in clashes between the security forces and anti-coup protesters who tried to get close to buildings housing military headquarters in Khartoum, Al-Arabiya TV reported, citing witnesses.

What was the international reaction?

The Arab League expressed “deep concern” about the apparent military coup.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary-General of the 22-member bloc, urged all parties to “fully abide” by the constitutional declaration signed in August 2019, which aimed for transition to civilian rule and elections.

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“It is important to respect all decisions and agreements that were decided upon … refraining from any measures that would disrupt the transitional period and shake stability in Sudan,” he said.

The United Nations called the detention of civilian leaders including PM Abdalla Hamdok as “unacceptable”.

“I call on the security forces to immediately release those who have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest,” Volker Perthes, UN special representative to Sudan said in a statement on Twitter.

The European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Twitter that he’s following events in the northeast African nation with the “utmost concern”.

“The EU calls on all stakeholders and regional partners to put back on track the transition process,” Borrell wrote.

A member of the civilian sovereign council Mohammed Hassan Eltaishi called the coup a “political foolishness” and that he would resist it “until the last drop of blood”.

As the political crisis deepens, Sudan also faces economic crisis with record high inflation and shortages of basic goods.

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