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Resistant anti-coup protesters block roads in Sudan

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Resistant anti-coup protesters block roads in Sudan

Resistant anti-coup protesters have on Tuesday returned to the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, for a second consecutive day despite a violent response by security forces the previous one.

READ ALSO: Sudan military leader arrests PM Hamdok, dissolves gov’t

Army General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced on Monday a state of emergency across the country while dissolving the country’s transitional authorities. Hours earlier, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters began pouring into the streets as news spread that soldiers had arrested several government officials, including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

 

Sudanese protesters chanting during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, Sudan.
Sudanese protesters chanting during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, Sudan.

Sources at the health ministry told Al Jazeera that seven people were killed on Monday. The military also cut off access to the internet and closed some roads, bridges and the airport in Khartoum.

The coup drew widespread international condemnation and demands for the release of everyone detained. The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss the situation behind closed doors later on Tuesday.

However, in a televised news conference, al-Burhan said Hamdok is safe at his own house as “we feared for his own life”.

During the speech, the army general said that by the end of the week justice bodies and the legislative council will be formed. The latter will be composed of young people with no party affiliation. He also said that internet and mobile networks will be restored in the coming hours.

He stressed that the military will “go back to the barracks” once the transition to a civilian government will be completed.

He said that the infighting among political factions and incitement against military forces could have led the country to a civil war.

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