Sudan: Protestors call for military takeover

A fringe group that used to belong to the forces of Freedom and Change Coalition, in cahoots with the army and the remnants of the former regime, under the supervision of the leader of the  Sudanese Armed Forces, called on Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to announce the military takeover in Sudan.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Protestors in front of the Republican Palace in the Sudanese capital called on the transitional government in Sudan to hand over the rule to the military.

Sudan News Agency (SUNA) estimated that the number of people participating in the March were in the “thousands”.

The news agency noted that a large number of buses have been offloading protestors coming into the capital from many various Sudanese states.

The protest march witnessed the participation of many children belonging to Quranic schools, native administrations officials, and tribal components.

Resistance committees across the capital have recorded many attempts at busing people into the march, with some being promised transportation back to their areas and food.

SUNA reported that a number of speeches were made during the day, after the protestors had erected a platform in-front of the Republican Palace.

Sudanese journalists have also reported that Sami al-Tayib, a fellow journalist, was viciously assaulted and had his phone stolen during his live coverage of the event, during which he questioned the participants in the march where they were headed and how they organized and gathered people for the event.

Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah Hamdok’s address to the Sudanese public on Friday proclaimed that Sudan is currently living through its worst phase and is currently stuck in power struggle between the putschists and the proponents of the democratic transition.

Government in a Stranglehold

On the 21st of September, the Sudanese Armed Forces announced that they had thwarted a coup d’etat attempt that took part during the early hours of Tuesday.

After the coup attempt, al-Burhan, the leader of the sovereignty council in Sudan, formally announced that the Sudanese Armed Forces were to have the guardianship over the country until elections are held.

His deputy, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, announced his complete refusal to have both the police and the intelligence services transferred to working under the civilian government’s authority, saying that he awaits the formation of a democratically elected government.

In a related context, the leader of the Hadandawa tribe, Syed Muhammad al-Amin Tirk, is leading efforts to shut down the ports and sequester the eastern part of Sudan from the rest of the country, disrupting flow of medicines and wheat and causing a bread shortage all across the country until his demands, which constitute of a dissolution of the civilian government and the placement of a military government instead.

Government officials and observers have all stated that Tirk is moving according to a plan laid out by the remnants of the former regime, under the watchful eyes of the military component of the transitional government.

Observers also note that the crisis in east Sudan, the lawlessness in the capital, and the attempt to stifle petroleum production in the West of Sudan are all aimed at strangling the civilian government in an effort to prepare for a military takeover.

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