Today, Wednesday, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators in several areas of the capital, Khartoum.
The demonstrations had started from different areas in Khartoum, heading to the city center to protest against the deteriorating economic and security conditions in the country, and the worsening of the living crisis. While some demonstrations called for the overthrow of Abdallah Hamdok’s government, others called for correcting the course of the revolution.
Demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the downfall of the Sudanese government, while others demanded the completion of the course of the revolution that toppled the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
According to the predetermined paths for the demonstrations, the demonstrators are expected to head towards the Republican Palace, where the Sovereignty Council is located, while groups tried to reach the Cabinet and the police forces prevented them, and the police also prevented protesters from reaching the parliament building in Omdurman.
“The demonstrators faced great difficulty in crossing the bridges on the White Nile from Omdurman to Khartoum, and on the Blue Nile from Bahri to Khartoum,” said Al-Jazeera Net correspondent in Khartoum.
Eyewitnesses stated that the security services intensified the deployment of their forces in major points in the capital, Khartoum, and imposed a security cordon in the center of the capital, which includes the presidential palace, the headquarters of the Council of Ministers, and the vicinity of the General Command of the Sudanese army.
The state of Khartoum preceded the demonstrations by closing the bridges leading to the center of the capital from the three cities that make up it since yesterday evening, namely (Khartoum, Bahri and Omdurman).
For its part, the Sudanese Professionals Association rejected the decision to close bridges and outlets, describing it as a clear attempt to reverse popular gains.
The grouping renewed – in a press statement – its calls to go out to the streets today in all parts of the homeland, confirming the legitimate demands of the people, and a renewal of the determination of its revolutionaries to complete the road paved by the blood of the martyrs.
And last week, there were calls to protest Wednesday, launched by the “Resistance Committees” that led the nightly protests in the neighborhoods against the regime of ousted Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir in December 2018.
Due to the closure of the bridges, the protesters were forced to express their contradictory slogans by gathering in small processions (demonstrations), the largest of which was in the central station in Khartoum North, the southern Khartoum neighborhoods, and the revolutionary neighborhoods in Omdurman.
There were two convoys for the opposition and supporters of the government in more than one place, amid fears of a collision of these processions.
On the outskirts of central Khartoum from the south side, government supporters climbed the Freedom Bridge, calling for retribution for the victims of the sit-in dispersal, while opponents of the government below the bridge chanted slogans against Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
The same scene was repeated in the center of Khartoum North, when supporters of the two groups protested close to each other with slogans that varied between overthrowing the government and correcting its course.
Ali Farisab – a member of the Field Work Committee of the Association of Professionals – told Al-Jazeera Net that some resistance committees were calling for the overthrow of the current executive government and replacing it with a more efficient government, but the departure of supporters of the isolated regime, Omar al-Bashir, may have changed these slogans in favor of correcting the course.
Sudan suffers from renewed crises in bread, flour, fuel and cooking gas due to the high exchange rate of the dollar against the pound in the informal market.
Sudanese queue for hours to get a loaf of bread and fuel for cars, while electricity is cut off to homes for about 6 hours a day.
On Monday evening, US President Donald Trump expressed Washington’s readiness to remove Sudan from the US list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism.
If the United States implemented this, the Sudanese transitional government would turn the page on decades of boycott by the international community of the country under Omar al-Bashir.