The number of Sudanese protesters shot dead in clashes with the military after Monday’s coup rose to seven, medics said, as nationwide strikes and civil disobedience took hold and the fate of the Prime Minister remained unknown.
More than 140 have been injured, according to two doctors working for the Sudanese Central Medical Committee, a group that supports the pro-democracy movement. The clashes erupted after the Sudanese army arrested the prime minister and members of his cabinet on Monday, threatening to derail the country on the path to democracy after decades of dictatorship.
Sudan has worked to end its international isolation since longtime leader Omar al-Bashir was toppled amid mass protests in 2019, preparing to normalize relations with Israel and restore relations. with the United States, which canceled its list of the country’s three decades as a sponsor of terrorism. Sudan has also succeeded in securing support from the International Monetary Fund and a commitment from Paris Club creditors to restructure $ 23.5 billion of its debt.
Monday’s events put international aid at risk. Hours after the coup, the United States suspended a $ 700 million emergency aid program.
The figure in the army that heads Sudan’s Sovereign Council, a power-sharing military-civilian transitional administration, said that body would be dissolved. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a national state of emergency while promising to hold free elections as scheduled in 2023.
Putsch leaders drastically cut internet service, so it was impossible to gauge the scale of the protests, but protesters reported widespread clashes continued into late night and early Tuesday.
Residents barricaded roads and retreated to their neighborhoods after members of the military opened fire on protesters who gathered outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum on Monday.
“They want to scare us and in the night the electricity was cut and gunshots were heard for a long time,” said Iman Ahmed, a protester in Burri, north of Khartoum.
She had visited the military headquarters during the day and said she saw dozens of people injured after the military opened fire on protesters in the afternoon. Bloomberg News