Security forces open fire on protesters in Khartoum after the arrest of the Sudanese Prime Minister

Sudan’s security forces opened fire on protesters in the capital, Khartoum, on Monday to protest the arrest of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and several civilian members of the transitional authorities, the government said.

The Sudanese Ministry of Information has reported in a series of messages on its official account on the social network Facebook that “tens of thousands” have taken to the streets and tried to reach the headquarters of the Army General Command.

“There are several victims,” ​​he pointed out, before adding that “the masses who oppose the military coup defied the bullets” to get closer to the perimeter of the building after Hamdok issued a call to “defend the revolution” had before your arrest.

Security forces open fire on protesters in Khartoum after the arrest of the Sudanese Prime Minister
Security forces open fire on protesters in Khartoum after the arrest of the Sudanese Prime Minister

The Central Committee of Doctors of Sudan (CCSD) announced on Facebook that a total of twelve people were injured. “We will announce the details later,” he said, rejecting the “military coup”.

Hamdok was arrested after the ministry said he refused to support the ongoing coup without the army speaking yet, after weeks of tension within the transitional agencies established in 2019.

The Ministry of Information has also denounced the break-in by a group of soldiers into the headquarters of Sudanese radio and television in the city of Omdurmán, bordering Khartoum, and the arrest of an unspecified number of the organization’s staff.

On the other hand, according to a message on his Twitter account, the vice-president of the former rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, was also arrested. Arman has been Hamdok’s advisor since the signing of a historic peace agreement in October 2020, which several rebel groups had joined.

Among those detained by the military are the head of the cabinet department, Khaled Omer Yusif; the Industry Minister Ibrahim al Sheikh; that of information, Hamza Balul; as well as other political figures such as the Prime Minister’s media advisor, Faisal Mohamed Salé, and members of the Transitional Sovereign Council.

According to the transitional authorities, Sudan was the scene of an attempted coup in mid-September by a group of officers from the armed forces allegedly linked to former President Omar Hasan al-Bashir, who was overthrown in a coup in April 2019.

The transitional authorities were established following an agreement between the previous military junta that emerged after the 2019 coup and various civil organizations and political opposition formations. This government has launched a series of social and economic reforms and has reached a peace agreement with key rebel groups in Darfur and other areas of the country.

However, the September attempt sparked an exchange of criticism and accusations between civilian and military elements that has exacerbated the political crisis, including Al Burhan’s motions to dissolve the government, which has led to confrontational demonstrations in recent days, between the transitional authorities and army.

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