The United Nations sees a “glimmer of hope” .. the killing of a protester and a police officer during Thursday’s protests in Khartoum, and demands to reveal the circumstances

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The forces of the “Freedom and Change” declaration demanded the disclosure of the ambiguity of the circumstances of the killing of a police officer in Thursday’s demonstrations in Khartoum, stressing that the Sudanese people adhere to the peacefulness of demonstrations.

Yesterday, Thursday, the police announced the killing of a brigadier general, who was stabbed by protesters and wounding a number of other policemen in the center of the capital, while medical sources reported the killing of a demonstrator by the security forces who used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse the demonstrators in the vicinity of the presidential palace in Khartoum.

In a statement issued by the former ruling coalition, Thursday evening, the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change said, “We express our concern about the ambiguity surrounding the killing of a high-ranking police officer, and we affirm that the people who organized a peaceful revolution three years ago do not need to prove their adherence to the values ​​and peace of the revolution.”

The coalition statement called, according to Al Jazeera Net, to remove the ambiguity surrounding the circumstances of the officer’s death, and expressed its categorical rejection of “the desperate coup authorities’ attempts to stigmatize the peaceful mass movement with violence through the use of flimsy pretexts and scandalous scenarios,” as he put it.

The statement condemned what it described as “violations by the Sudanese security forces against unarmed demonstrators in Thursday’s demonstrations.”

Ongoing protests

Yesterday evening, Thursday, the Sudanese Ministry of Interior announced that it had arrested the killer of the police chief, Ali Barima Hamid, who died while working to secure demonstrations in central Khartoum.

This came after Khartoum, and other cities, witnessed demonstrations calling for “full civilian rule” in the country, in light of efforts made by the United Nations and the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to facilitate dialogue between all parties to find a radical solution to the crisis in Sudan.

These new demonstrations come a few days after the United Nations launched talks that included all Sudanese factions, in an attempt to resolve the crisis caused by what the protesters describe as a “coup” of the military component led by the army chief, Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

Since the military component seized power, the Sudanese have taken to the streets regularly to demand that the military step down. The security forces responded to these protests, resulting in more than 60 deaths and hundreds of injuries so far, according to the Central Doctors Committee (an independent union) that supports the demonstrators.
glimmer of hope

In international reactions to the developments in Sudan, the head of the United Nations mission there, Volker Peretz, said that the path launched by the United Nations to settle the political crisis may be the last glimmer of hope for a settlement in the country, and that Abdullah Hamdok’s resignation from the prime ministership created a great vacuum, especially among the civilian component.

In a closed session of the Security Council, yesterday, Thursday, Peretz demanded an end to the state of emergency in Sudan in order to create an appropriate environment for dialogue. He called on the security forces to stop using violence against the demonstrators, and for the protesters to maintain their peaceful movement.

Peretz acknowledged that there are important groups in the Sudanese street that are not willing to participate in the dialogue called for by the United Nations, but despite that, he will continue to contact them.

In turn, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chris Coons said that there is an opportunity to achieve a democratic transition in Sudan.

In an interview with “For the rest of the story” program on Al-Jazeera, Senator Coons added that Washington is working to pressure towards an exit from the existing political stalemate.

Since October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests in response to exceptional measures taken by the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, most notably the imposition of a state of emergency and the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and the Transitional Ministers, which political forces consider a “military coup”, in exchange for the military establishment’s denial of this.

On November 21, Al-Burhan and Abdullah Hamdouk signed a political agreement that included the return of Hamdok to the presidency of the transitional government, the formation of a government of competencies, and the release of political detainees.

But on January 2, Hamdok resigned from his position, in light of protests rejecting his agreement with Al-Burhan and demanding full civilian rule.

Khartoum (Kush News)


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