Protesters take to the streets of Khartoum as US criticizes Sudan coup

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Protesters defied Tuesday morning in the streets of Sudan to denounce a military coup, as international condemnation of the country’s security forces escalated with the United Nations Security Council scheduled to meet later. Follow our live updates for all the latest developments.

7:07 am Paris time

Shouting “Going back to the past is not an option”, crowds began to gather in the streets of Khartoum a day after the Sudanese army seized power of a transitional government. At least three people were killed and 80 injured on Monday amid a military crackdown on protesters calling for a return to the military-civilian transitional government signed as part of a 2019 deal.

Internet services were cut across the country and roads to Khartoum were closed, before soldiers stormed the state broadcaster’s headquarters in the capital’s twin city, Omdurman.

“Civil power is the people’s choice,” chanted the protesters, who waved flags and used tires to create burning barricades.

The Information Ministry said the soldiers “fired live ammunition at demonstrators (…) in front of the army headquarters”.

Three protesters were killed and around 80 people injured, according to the Sudanese Independent Central Medical Committee.

02:25 Paris time

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken “strongly” condemned the coup and called for the immediate return to civilian rule and the release of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, arrested on Monday.

“The United States strongly condemns the actions of the Sudanese military forces,” Blinken said in a statement, expressing grave concern at reports that the security forces used live ammunition against protesters.

“We strongly reject the dissolution of the civilian-led transitional government and its associated institutions and call for their immediate restoration,” Blinken said.

The United States rejects the dissolution of the transitional government in Sudan by security forces and calls for its immediate restoration without preconditions.

– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) October 26, 2021

1:45 am Paris time

UN Guterres calls for immediate release of Hamdok

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the military takeover and called for the immediate release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

“I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok and all other officials must be released immediately,” Guterres tweeted.

I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok and all other officials must be released immediately. There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition. The United Nations will continue to stand with the Sudanese people.

– António Guterres (@antonioguterres) October 25, 2021 The UN is expected to meet later Tuesday to discuss the crisis.

Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s takeover announcement came after the armed forces arrested civilian leaders who led the transition to full civilian rule after the autocrat’s April 2019 overthrow. Omar al-Bashir.

(AXADLETM with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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