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Sudanese police use force to disperse protesters, gov’t pledges probe

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Protesters flee police tear gas on 20 February 2020 (ST photo)

February 20, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - For the first time during the transitional period, Sudanese police violently charged protesters in Khartoum on Thursday triggering calls to remove interior minister and to investigate the crackdown.

For its part, the government late pledged to probe the use of violence against the protesters and called for calm and restraint.

Thousands of Sudanese youth took the street on Thursday to protest peacefully against the sack of a military officer who was the first to join the popular uprising that led to the collapse of al-Bashir’s regime.

The police however fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the protesters who planned to hand over a petition calling to reintegrate him and his colleagues to the army.

While the protesters approaching the presidency, the police used tear gas against them and used batons to disperse them.

Over 19 people have been injured by the police and a journalist was beaten and his camera seized by the police officers who assaulted protesters for the first time after the ouster of the former regime.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) said that a protester was hit by a live bullet in his abdomen and another by a rubber bullet in his leg, while the others suffered injuries by tear gas grenades.

There were strong rumours about the death of protesters but the CCSD late during the night issued a statement to deny the fake report.

The Sudanese police for its part, released photos showing four police officers injured by the protesters, in a way to suggest that they acted in self-defence.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, the spearhead of the pro-democracy protests, was the first to condemn the brutal crackdown on the peaceful protesters and called to remove the interior minister.

Also, the ruling coalition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) condemned the violence and called on the prime minister to investigate the issue.

"We also demand the Prime Ministers to urgently hold accountable the Minister of Interior and the Director of Police for the events that occurred today. Everyone should know that the people have the real authority and that the freedom of expression and assembly is one of the sanctities for which they sacrificed their soles," reads the FFC statement.

The FFC also called for self-restraint of the protesters and urged the vigilance of the transitional sovereign council and government for the threats facing the country.

The government spokesman Faisal Mohamed Saleh in a written statement reiterated the government attachment to the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

"We strongly condemn the use of excessive violence and will investigate what occurred and the wrongdoers will be held accountable," he further added.

The interior minister who is appointed by the military component did not issue a statement on the events that took place in the Sudanese capital.

(ST)

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  • 21 February 10:40, by Fathi

    There was good turnout in the protests. It’s reassuring to know that the people are ready to mobilize again if the military tries to pull off a coup.

    • 21 February 10:45, by Fathi

      What is another investigation going to do? We all know the investigation from the 6/3 massacre will not implicate RSF, Hemedti, Burhan, Kabbashi, and the rest of the TMC thugs despite having video proof of the people who carried it out and TMC members going on TV essentially admitting they ordered the sit-in to be cleared out.

      • 21 February 10:51, by Fathi

        The investigation is a joke. It should’ve been carried out by foreign experts. The investigation will just result in 20 low level RSF losers getting all the blame but the head of snake will remain. The investigation is being delayed as much as possible so the backlash from the results will not be as severe. It’ll likely be announced after they secure investments from the donors.

  • 21 February 20:28, by Mayendit

    Fathi
    I still belief there will be a big problem waiting the new government. The NCP are cooking inside your government and on the other hand, the Pro Omar al Bashir Military are very active and they try possible ways to over throwing new government and return back to rules Sudan. To make changes, the President position must be giving to Darfur rebels leader.

    • 22 February 08:28, by Fathi

      Mayendit,
      I know the situation isn’t stable. The people will never accept the NCP again. Also, the gulf arabs who back the wannabe military leaders will not back the NCP. The situation in Sudan will only stabilize after elections, when elected civilians can reform the military and security.

      • 22 February 08:33, by Fathi

        The military will not be able to overthrow the government and rule Sudan without the people’s approval. The people are still active and will not bow down to the military. The military will have nothing to rule if they do that. We will block all the streets, protest, and refuse to work again. They have no option.

        • 22 February 08:35, by Fathi

          If they do it again and it fails again, then there will not be a power sharing agreement. It will result in either they fail and they give up power, or they fail and we have civil war.

          • 22 February 08:37, by Fathi

            Why do you think the president should be a rebel from Darfur?



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