Hundreds of Sudanese Pro-Democracy Protesters Block Khartoum Street

Pro-democracy protesters blocked roads in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, with makeshift barricades and burning tires on Tuesday, a day after the military seized power in a quick coup that was widely condemned by the international community.

One demonstrator, Bu Obaida Mohmmad, said, “the only deterrent to this problem is civil disobedience, comprehensive civil disobedience. This military cannot be repaired without civil disobedience. So far, the protests have been successful when measured in various ways.”

Troops opened fire on the crowd the day before, in which four protesters were reported dead according to doctors.

The takeover comes after weeks of escalating tensions between military and civilian leaders en route and Sudan’s transition to democracy.

The military has threatened to abandon the transitional process, which has progressed well and began since the overthrow of long-serving dictator Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago.

The UN Security Council will discuss the current situation in Sudan at a closed-door meeting this evening New York time.

Western governments and the United Nations condemned the coup and called for the release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials, who were arrested Monday (25/10). [lt/jm]

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