The Sudanese authorities announced a ban on demonstrations in the center of the capital, Khartoum, ahead of a new “million” called by the opposition to demand civilian rule, while the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereignty Council said that the country is at a crossroads.
In exchange for a call by opposition forces to demonstrate again on Sunday, the Khartoum State Security Coordination Committee said – in a statement – that central Khartoum is a prohibited area from the railway in the south to the Army General Command in the east and to Nile Street in the north, adding that gatherings are not allowed in it.
The committee called on citizens to gather demonstrations in public squares in localities, in coordination with their security committees, and to stay away from hospitals and educational institutions.
She said that freedom of expression is a right guaranteed under the transitional constitutional document, and promised to work to secure the new expected demonstrations.
Coordination of the resistance committees of the city of Khartoum
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The Sudanese Resistance Committees – a gathering of activists organizing the protests – had called for the exit tomorrow, Sunday, in what it called “the January 30 million” in rejection of the decisions of the Sudanese army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and to demand full civilian rule.
The United Nations Transition Support Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) called on the Sudanese authorities not to use violence during the demonstrations expected tomorrow, Sunday.
Khartoum and other Sudanese cities witnessed this evening night marches in which participants chanted slogans condemning the killing of demonstrators during the demonstrations that took place since the overthrow of the government of Abdullah Hamdok on October 25.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), Vice-President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, said that the country is at a crossroads due to what he described as the spread of strife and the growth of hate speech, racism and regionalism.
Hemedti added – during his meeting with the leaders of the civil administrations (tribal leaders) in Khartoum – that there is a need for the political parties to agree on a unified vision that achieves the interests of the country, especially that any elections cannot take place without these parties.
A statement of the Transitional Sovereignty Council quoted him as saying that the authorities do not want to reach the polls, while there are those who reject all proposals that achieve stability in the country.
Hemedti indicated that the Sovereignty Council approved the United Nations initiative to resolve the Sudan crisis, with Volker Peretz, the head of the UN mission, facilitating the solution and not a mediator between the parties.
The Sudanese official said that they do not hostile or reject the international community, but rather refuse to interfere in the country’s internal affairs, as he put it.
The Forces for Freedom and Change (the Central Council) announced their approval of the international initiative, but demanded that the initiative be expanded to include other international parties, especially the Troika (America, Britain and Norway), in addition to the European Union.