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Table of protests … A new confrontation between the Sudanese Professionals Association against the Rapid Support Forces

Two years after it coordinated the December 2018 revolution, the Sudanese Professionals Association returns to Square One by initiating an escalation schedule against the transitional government, to demand the dissolution of the Rapid Support Forces and an end to its violations of civilians.

At that time, the leaders of the Association of Professionals that led and coordinated the processions of Omar al-Bashir’s resignation faced the brutality and arrests of the security apparatus, but today they are addressing the Rapid Support Forces, allied in the transitional government, with the provisions of the constitutional document.

The confrontation erupted after the killing of the young Bahaa El-Din Nouri in a headquarters of the Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum, amid accusations that he had been tortured in late December.

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Although the Bahaa incident was not the first of its kind in which the Rapid Support Forces were involved under the leadership of the Vice President of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, the momentum gained by the incident prompted the gathering of professionals to announce a second wave of “revolutionary escalation.”

The Rapid Support Forces were formed in 2013 from Arab tribes in Darfur to support the Sudanese army in its war against the armed movements in the region, and initially followed the security apparatus and came under the command of the army in 2017.

However, these forces enjoy clear independence by allocating a separate budget for them, which, according to the draft 2021 budget, amounted to 37.010 billion pounds.

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Detention Authority
When representatives of the Professionals Association sat at the Public Prosecutor on Tuesday, among their demands was to ensure that the RSF headquarters are cleared of any detained suspects, either by releasing them or handing them over to the police.

Ironically, the prosecution will not be able to know all the Rapid Support headquarters in Khartoum state because of their large number. After the fall of President Al-Bashir on April 11, 2019, these forces managed to inherit many security headquarters, especially those of the Security and Intelligence Service.

According to a source in the Public Prosecution who spoke to Al-Jazeera Net, the Public Prosecutor informed the members of the Professionals Association that according to Article (83) of the 1991 Criminal Procedure Law regarding the treatment of the arrested, the powers of arrest and detention are exclusive to the police.

The Attorney General stated that the known headquarters of the Rapid Support Forces are for their members to be tried, such as the military prison of the army, and it is not permissible to transfer or place any civilian detainees in any place other than guarding the police, except with the approval of the Public Prosecutor or the court.

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Quick Support Headquarters
According to a source who spoke to Al-Jazeera Net, the Rapid Support Forces owns a main headquarters in the suburb of Soba, south of Khartoum, which is the headquarters in which the dead Bahaa al-Din Nuri was held.

When Baha’s health condition deteriorated, he was transferred to the Rapid Support Forces’s health unit in the Paratroopers Corps in Khartoum Bahri, where he died of torture, as confirmed by the second autopsy.

The source indicates a number of headquarters and offices spread for rapid support in central Khartoum, and in the neighborhoods of Mansheya, Riyadh and Taif, east of Khartoum.

The same source does not rule out the fact that the Rapid Support Forces had access to listening devices obtained from a Gulf state, because Bahaa was detained on the basis of a wiretap on his phone.

In Darfur, the Rapid Support Forces have wide powers of arrest, taking advantage of the headquarters and escorts of other regular forces.
Adam the men, the official spokesman for the General Coordination of Displaced Persons and Refugees Camps – to Al-Jazeera Net – says that the Rapid Support Forces in Darfur are taking advantage of their relations with the police and military intelligence to transfer those who are arrested to the guards of these forces.
He points out that the Rapid Support Forces now enjoy wide powers in Darfur, including arrest and torture.

Al-Jazeera Net was not able to obtain a response from a spokesman for the Rapid Support Forces on the forces’ exercise of detention powers.

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Processions with the living
As soon as the deadline for the gathering of professionals expired last Monday to remove the immunity of those involved in the arrest and killing of Baha and the closure of the detention centers of the Rapid Support, until the assembly began an escalation on Tuesday with the opening of the door to sign the revolutionary attendance book, and continues today, Wednesday, with evening processions inside the neighborhoods.

According to Khaled Fathy, a member of the secretariat of the Journalists’ Network under the Association of Professionals, a higher escalation will begin today, Thursday, with processions and protests extending from in front of the Attorney General’s office to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers from 01:00 until 02:00 in the afternoon.

Fathi denies – to Al Jazeera Net – that the Association of Professionals is working in opposition now, although it is not part of the Forces of Freedom and Change structures now, saying, “What is going on is a disciplined campaign to stop the hand of rapid support.”

The Rapid Support Forces are facing a social media campaign focused on highlighting their violations against civilians.

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A member of the secretariat of the Association of Professionals, Al-Fateh Hussein, demanded, in a press conference yesterday, Tuesday, to amend the constitutional document to ensure the dissolution of the RSF and the reconciliation of its forces, either by merging into the army or demobilizing.

He stated that they had asked the Public Prosecutor to use his powers by forming a committee from the Public Prosecution and the Bar Association, in coordination with the police, to inspect the Rapid Support headquarters and examine them to ensure that they are free of any civilian detainees.

According to the Public Prosecution source, the Attorney General informed the Association of Professionals that there is a delay by the police in lifting the immunities of their employees involved in violations against civilians, while the same procedure is being implemented quickly at the Rapid Support.

The Public Prosecutor stated that the Rapid Support Command lifted the immunity of those accused of killing Bahaa, and of its operatives who ran over a citizen in Port Sudan, and an officer accused of killing Hanafi Abdul Shakour after the dispersal of the sit-in in June 2019.

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