Sudan Coup - Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Freed

Sudan Coup – Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Freed

Furious protests against a military coup entered the third day on Wednesday in Sudan. Sudan Coup faced intense international condemnation.

Sudan Prime minister Abdalla Hamdok who was detained earlier was freed on Wednesday along with his ministers and other civilian members of the ruling council. But still, some of the civilian leaders remained under the military’s arrest.

But the police actions against the protestors did not stop. Tear gas firing and arrest of civilians continued. Demonstrations continued against the military coup in Sudan by blocking the roads and putting barricades in the capital Khartoum.

The Sudan Coup is a result of the August 2019 power-sharing deal between military and civilians. The deal was done as mass protests against autocrat Omar al-Bashir’s rule intensified. Based on the deal, top General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Monday ordered the dissolution of the government and declared a state of emergency.

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But thousands of citizens protested against the Sudan military coup by saying “No Military Rule”. Burhan, a de facto head of state since 2019 is a leader of the joint military-civilian Sovereign Council. He is also a senior general during Bashir’s 3-decade long hardline rule and has the support of Sudan’s much-feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

Four people were killed and many protestors were wounded when the army opened fire on them during the demonstrations. Violence against protesters has mounted as security forces used tear gases, blocked Internet services and closed the Khartoum airport.

However, the civil aviation authority has stated that the Khartoum Airport will be reopened from today.

Earlier, a coup on September 21 this year got failed.

International community reaction on Sudan coup

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Hamdok and expressed deep concern about the coup. Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid was suspended by Washington.

European Union has also threatened “serious consequences” which also included financial support suspension.

Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy said that the UN should appeal to stop the violence from all sides.

Earlier US, UK and Norway were involved in mediating Sudanese conflicts. The troika of countries stated –

the actions of the military represent a betrayal of the revolution.

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the Sudan crisis.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated geopolitical divides has become a hurdle to take strong measures against Sudan.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said –

it would be disastrous if Sudan goes backwards after finally bringing an end to decades of repressive dictatorship.

Belgium, France and Switzerland on Tuesday said they backed the civilians.

The African Union and Arab League also expressed concern.

Limelight on Sudan’s democratic rule

The former strongman Bashir has been jailed since his ouster in 2019 and convicted of corruption. He is also facing trial for the 1989 Islamist-backed coup which brought him to power then. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in the civil war in Darfur.

Hamdok’s government, this year had unlocked international financial assistance, after it was frozen for years under Bashir.

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