26 Oct 2021
Protestors Take to the Streets amid Sudan Military Coup
The Index Today
Thousands have taken to the streets of Sudan to protest the military coup after General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and dissolution of the government.
According to reports from early Monday, the military detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife, taking them to an undisclosed location after refusing to support the coup. The ministry released a statement saying, “We call on the Sudanese people to go out and demonstrate the use of peaceful means to recover their revolution from any kidnapper.”
Protestors have taken over the streets of Khartoum, burning tires and chanting slogans to denounce the military takeover. Members of major labor unions have also been requested to participate to show solidarity with the public through civil disobedience. Monitoring group NetBlocks has reported lines being disconnected and major radio channels going off air.
World leaders including the U.S and the European Union have asked for the release of the Prime Minister after both superpowers initially supported the prior government transition. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “The actions today are in stark opposition to the will of the Sudanese people and their aspirations for peace, liberty and justice.”
All flights have been suspended and U.S Embassy in the Capital has issued a statement asking military personnel to avoid violence and ensure the safety of protestors throughout the city. The U.S has halted $700 million aid which was scheduled in support of the democratic transition earlier. However, in light of recent events, extreme measures such as sanctions could be imposed by the U.S if violence continues.