Mass demonstrations in Sudan against "military rule" 3 dead and more than 100 injured in a "million" October 30

Mass demonstrations in Sudan against "military rule" 3 dead and more than 100 injured in a "million" October 30

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors announced that 3 people were killed in Omdurman after being shot, and at least 100 protesters were injured in Omdurman, Khartoum North and Gedaref yesterday, Saturday.

Crowds of Sudanese demonstrated on Saturday under the title "Millions of October 30", in rejection of the decisions of the army chief, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, and to demand the handover of power to civilians.

Fire was fired when the security forces advanced towards the demonstrators near the Legislative Council building in Omdurman, and tear gas canisters were fired to disperse the crowds, which led to cases of fainting among the demonstrators.

Live bullets were also fired at demonstrators on Sixty Street in the center of the capital, and a number of people were wounded.

The police deny
For its part, the Sudanese police said that they did not use live bullets against the demonstrators, and that one of its members was wounded by a live bullet whose source is being verified, and indicated that the news of the killing of two protesters by live bullets in Omdurman was transmitted from inaccurate sources, as she put it.

And she added in a statement that demonstrators "departed from peacefulness" and attacked the police and important sites, which prompted her to use tear gas, she said.

For his part, the media advisor to the Sudanese army commander told Al Jazeera that 12 members of the army were injured, as the demonstrators attacked them with stones.

Victims of the demonstrations
AJ news correspondent quoted medical sources as saying that more than 6 injuries arrived at the Al-Arbaeen Hospital in Omdurman, some of them with live bullets.

For its part, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said that 3 protesters were killed by shooting in Omdurman, and added that protesters in other areas of Khartoum were also shot at.

The demonstrators attended the funeral of the citizen Amin Khalifa, who they said was killed during the suppression of demonstrations in Omdurman.

The Sudan Doctors Committee reported that it had counted more than a hundred injured in an initial toll of the repression of the demonstrations in Omdurman, Khartoum North and Gedaref, and recorded 62 injuries in the East Nile area of ​​Khartoum, one of which was shot.

Activists also broadcast on social networks videos that they said showed the shooting of demonstrators in the Al-Manshiya neighborhood and the Kobri area in the capital, Khartoum.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese Professionals Association said that the security forces prevented the transfer of the injured to the Medical Weapon Hospital in Omdurman, and called on the demonstrators to adhere to peacefulness and abide by the directives of the field leadership regarding the paths of the processions.

The demonstrators demanded the restoration of the government of Abdullah Hamdok and the resumption of the (European) democratic transition.
The demonstrators gathered in several locations in Khartoum, Omdurman and Khartoum North, starting on Saturday afternoon, raising Sudanese flags and the slogan "Apostasy is impossible", and chanting slogans demanding the return of the soldiers to their barracks, the restoration of the government of Abdullah Hamdok, commitment to the constitutional document, and the release of all detainees.

Some protesters also called for Hamdok to be installed as a civilian president to cross the transitional period.

The demonstrations came in response to calls by the "Freedom and Change-Central Council" forces, the Sudanese Professionals Association and other civilian forces calling for the return of Hamdok's government and the path of the transitional period.

Cutting bridges and communications
AJ News correspondent Ahmed Al-Raheed said that the army's closure of the main bridges prevented the movement of masses of demonstrators to Khartoum.

He pointed out that the demonstrators faced difficulties in communicating due to the interruption of internet and communications. He also mentioned that the authorities unified the broadcasts of private radio stations with the official radio.

Despite these difficulties, AJ News correspondent Osama Sayed Ahmed monitored the crowds flocking to Al-Sitteen Street in central Khartoum to participate in the "October 30 Million".

Sudanese activists broadcast scenes captured by aerial photography of crowds participating in the Khartoum demonstrations.

Away from the capital, demonstrations took place in the cities of El Obeid and Nyala (western Sudan) to reject Al-Burhan's decisions and to demand a civil state.

AJ News correspondent said that demonstrations also took place in the city of Gedaref (eastern Sudan) to demand civilian rule, and Sudanese demonstrated in Kosti (south of the country) in rejection of the decisions of the army chief.

In the White Nile State (south), Bapco Oil Pipelines Company employees organized a protest sit-in in the Al-Gabalin and Umm Dabakir fields, rejecting the decisions of the army chief.

Commenting on the demonstrations, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the ousted government, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, said in an interview with AJ News that she hopes that the position of the Sudanese people today will be "convincing for those who carried out the coup."

She pointed out that there are a number of international initiatives that have begun to move to resolve the crisis in Sudan.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information in the isolated government called on the masses of the Sudanese people to adhere to nonviolence to "return the course of their revolution."

The ministers of the Forces for Freedom and Change in the isolated government also called on the youth of the revolution to "keen on peace and not accept being dragged into violence."

In a statement, they said they called on members of the regular forces not to respond to the orders of leaders "who protect their personal interests" and not to participate in "coup plots or use violence to disperse peaceful demonstrators."

Sudanese communities demonstrate
Outside Sudan, Sudanese communities organized demonstrations in many capitals and cities in conjunction with the "October 30 Million" to reject the decisions of the army chief, and demand the establishment of civilian rule, and the release of all detainees.

Demonstrations took place in Beirut, London, Paris, The Hague, Turin and Stockholm, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Prior to the demonstrations in Sudan, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations called on the Sudanese army and security forces to refrain from suppressing peaceful demonstrators and to respect human rights.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States continues to stand by the Sudanese people in their peaceful struggle for democracy.

He added in a tweet on Twitter that the Sudanese security forces must respect human rights, stressing that any violence against peaceful demonstrators is "unacceptable."

The Sudanese army commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said in statements to the Russian Sputnik news agency, published on Friday, that there is no objection to peaceful demonstrations, and that the security forces will not interfere as long as the demonstrations are peaceful.

He denied that the decisions he took a few days ago were a "military coup", and said that dissolving the government was necessary due to its inability to address many of the files, as he put it.

Last Monday, Al-Burhan announced the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers, imposing a state of emergency in the country, with the arrest of most ministers and prominent figures in the Forces for Freedom and Change.

Since then, there have been popular protests rejecting the army's control of the reins of affairs, as a military coup, during which there were deaths and injuries.
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