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Sudan: Protests near the presidential palace and security fires gas

Sudan protests Khartoum

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at the participants in the “25 December Million March” near the presidential palace in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum on Saturday. The protests came amid disruption in internet and communication services and the closure of bridges in the capital.
The organizers of the protests called for participation to demand the establishment of civil authority. They also reject the political agreement between Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
The Sudanese Professionals Association said in a statement that “the December 25 million demonstrations aim to wrest the people’s power and wealth in full.”
The call for the demonstrations comes to demand “the establishment of a purely civil national authority emanating from the lively revolutionary forces that are committed to radical change,” according to the statement.
The Security Committee in Khartoum State, which includes the army, the rapid support forces and the police, decided to close the bridges linking the cities of Khartoum, Bahri and Omdurman, except for the Halfaya and Soba bridges, as of Friday evening. It warned of what it described as “a departure from peacefulness and approaching sovereign sites, and that it will be dealing with chaos and abuses while emphasizing the right to peaceful demonstration,” according to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA).
The US Embassy in Khartoum issued a recommendation to avoid travelling and being in the areas of the protests, which are expected to be organized on Saturday in several Sudanese states.
The embassy called on its citizens, via Twitter, to “avoid non-essential travel, to be in the sites of crowds, and to be careful if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.”
Since last October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests, in response to the announcement of exceptional measures by the Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. These measures included the imposition of a state of emergency, the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, and the arrest of party leaders and officials, which political and civil forces considered a “military coup.”

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