Internet restricted before anti-coup protest in Sudan

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In anticipation of the tenth demonstration by opponents of the military regime in Sudan and against the coup on October 25, internet service was suspended in the capital, Khartoum on Saturday, a Reuters witness said.

Soldiers and rapid support forces were in force blocking the roads leading to the bridges connecting Khartoum to Omdurman, its sister city across the Nile, the witness said.

The national news agency SUNA reported that Khartoum province closed bridges on Friday evening in anticipation of the protests.

“Straying from the peace, approaching and encroaching on sovereign and strategic sites in central Khartoum is a violation of the law,” SUNA reported, citing a provincial security coordination committee.

“Chaos and abuse will be addressed,” he added.

Protests against the coup continued even after ousted prime minister Abdallah Hamdok was reinstated last month, with protesters demanding that the military no longer play the role of government in a transition to free elections.

A senior official at one of the internet service providers in Sudan told Reuters that the shutdown followed a decision by the National Telecommunication Corporation, which oversees the industry.

The march scheduled for Saturday is due to converge on the presidential palace but the protest will end at 5:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. GMT), according to organizers.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched towards the presidential palace last Sunday, prompting security forces to fire bursts of tear gas and stun grenades as they dispersed protesters who attempted to stage a sit-down. in.

Forty-eight people have been killed in the crackdown on protests since the coup, the Sudanese Central Medical Committee said.

Hamdok was reinstated on November 21.

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