Sudanese Demonstrators Take to the Streets After General Declares State of Emergency

Protesters in Sudan demonstrated late Monday (25/10) after the country’s military seized power in a coup.

Security forces opened fire on protesters early Monday, killing three demonstrators, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee. The group said at least 80 people were injured in the incident.

Sudan’s army chief, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, declared a state of national emergency on Monday and declared the end of the transitional government headed by a joint civilian and military council that has been in power for the past two years.

Sudanese people set up barricades as they protest against the military's coup against the transitional government.  Protests take place in al-Shajara District, on October 25, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

Sudanese people set up barricades as they protest against the military’s coup against the transitional government. Protests take place in al-Shajara District, on October 25, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

General Burhan delivered a televised address after military forces arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other Sovereign Council officials.

Burhan said he dissolved the council and government because of “political squabbles that threaten the security of the country” and announced that “a new technocratic government will be formed soon.”

Journalist Michael Atit, who is in the Sudanese capital, told FLY that thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Khartoum following reports of Hamdok’s arrest. Atit reported that he heard gunshots and witnessed tires being burned in the streets.

Atit said most telecommunications in Khartoum had been cut off, including the internet and radio stations. Only state-owned television stations broadcast, broadcasting patriotic music.

The UN Special Envoy for Sudan, Volker Perthes, said the military had “taken over Khartoum, closed the entrances and bridges, and closed the airport and also took over state TV.” [lt/pp]

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