Sudan: Two More Days Of Civil Disobedience


Sudan Civil Disobedience: Sudanese pro-democracy groups launched two days of civil disobedience and strikes on Sunday in protest at last month’s military coup. On Sunday morning people were out on the streets in the centre of the capital Khartoum, residents said. In Khartoum North, security forces patrolled major streets carrying sticks and tear gas grenades.

“No negotiation, No partnership,
No compromise”

Later on Sunday Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas at an anti-coup rally right at the start of the two day civil disobedience and strike campaign against last month’s military takeover.

“We organized a silent stand against the decisions by Burhan outside the ministry of education, Police later came and fired tear gas at us though we were simply standing on the streets and carrying banners,” said Mohamed al-Amin, a geography teacher who took part in that stand.

Sunday’s rally followed calls for Sudan civil disobedience made by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA). “The Sudanese people have rejected the military coup,” the SPA said on Twitter, vowing “no negotiation, no partnership, no legitimacy.”

“We will start by barricading the main streets to prepare for the mass civil disobedience on Sunday and Monday,” and urging protesters to avoid confrontation with the security forces.

Activists demanding that the military exit politics have announced a schedule of protests leading up to mass rallies on November 13 under the slogan “No negotiation, no partnership, no compromise”.

Several protesters carried banners reading “No, no to military rule” and called for a transition to “full civilian rule” at a rally outside the education ministry.

By Sunday morning, some shops were still open but others were shuttered in Khartoum and its twin cities of Omdurman and Khartoum-North, according to residents. “Movement on the streets is less than usual but there is not full blockage of streets or closure of shops”, said a witness from Omdurman.

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