Sudanese police use tear gas as pro-military protesters try to block key roads in Khartoum — RT World News
Pro-military protesters blocked roads and bridges in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum on Sunday, but were dispersed by police, as tensions mount between supporters of the generals and interim government backers.
Demonstrators built barricades early in the morning to block major roads and bridges within the larger city of over 5 million. The Mec Nimr Bridge, which links the downtown with Khartoum’s other areas, was also blocked. Traffic jams were caused by the actions of protesters in the entire city. The most affected area was Nile Street.
The police quickly arrived to restore order and used tear gas in dispersal of the people.
Social media videos from Khartoum show tear gas canisters being fired by police and protestors fleeing the scene.
#السودان الشرطة السودانية تطلق الغاز المسيل للدموع لتفريق المتظاهرين الذين قطعوا طرقا وسط العاصمة السودانية الخرطوم ، احتجاجا على الظروف القاسية وعرقلة الجيش للمسار الديمقراطي pic.twitter.com/Iaw9KmbIBc
— kinsleyhub (@ukhub_uk) October 24, 2021
Normal traffic can be resumed on the first day of work after the police dismantled all barricades.
الشرطة تواصل إطلاق قنابل الغاز المسيل للدموع على الفلول أعلى كوبري المك نمر.والفلول يحصبون القوات من أعلى الكوبري بالحجارة.#السودانpic.twitter.com/eOdyGrisnV
— Sudan News (@Sudan_tweet) October 24, 2021
The unrest follows events on Saturday when pro-military protesters tried to storm the headquarters of Sudan’s state-run news agency, causing a delay of a news conference by activists supporting Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the interim government, called the Sovereignty Council, which appointed him.
Khartoum witnessed major rallies by supporters and backers of generals during the week. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets.
This North African country is going through rough times following the demise of Omar al-Bashir (longtime leader) and his Islamist government, in 2019.
Tensions in Sudan have been rising since a group of al-Bashir loyalist army generals attempted to take power from the interim government last month. The government includes civilian politicians as well military representatives. Although the Sovereignty Council currently has a general as its leader, it is likely that the top position will be given to a civilian sometime later in this year. In light of severe economic circumstances and food shortages, the failed coup highlights the fracture in Sudanese society.
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Civilian rule supporters want the transitional government fulfill its mission of reforming politics and opening the door to a general election for 2023.
But backers of the generals have labeled the current cabinet ‘the hunger government’, blaming the country’s troubles on their corruption and incompetence. The generals insist only military rule can get the country on its feet.
Also on Sunday, Sudan’s energy minister halted the entry of ships carrying fuel into its territorial waters, in a move that may bring even more problems to the crisis-hit nation. The ban was introduced to avoid fines for offloading delays as protests by Beja tribes in eastern Sudan prevented the country’s main ports from operating.
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