Counter-revolutionary coup in Sudan


Sudan’s interim prime minister Abdalla Hamdok and several senior government officials were arrested as the military seized full power in a coup d’etat and imposed a state of emergency Oct. 25. The two principal pro-democracy formations, the Forces for Freedom & Change and Sudanese Professionals Association, have called for a popular mobilization to overturn the coup, and thousands have answered the call, filling the streets of Khartoum, Omdurman and other cities. Troops fired on protesters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, killing at least three and injuring more than 80. The paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have also been mobilized to the streets. The military head of the now officially dissolved joint civilian-military Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, is apparently behind the coup and in control. The putsch follows days of rival demonstrations in Khartoum, with pro-democracy protesters demanding a full civilian government and pro-army counter-demonstrators demanding that the military take complete control. (Radio Dabanga, Middle East Online, NYT, AP, AP)

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  1. African Union suspends Sudan over coup

    The African Union announced that it suspended Sudan in response to theĀ coup.Ā Meanwhile, state oil company workers and doctors said they will join the growing campaign of civil disobedienceĀ against the power grab. (Al Jazeera)

  2. Protesters killed at Sudan ‘march of millions’

    Three people were killed and more than 100 were injured in Sudan on Oct. 30, a doctorsā€™ as pro-democracy crowds flooded the streets for a “march of millions” to oppose the military coup and demand full civilian rule. (NYT)