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Sudanese PM under house arrest; Activists around the world condemn the coup

Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdalla HamdakAccording to the Al Haddad TV channel, an unidentified group of soldiers surrounded his residence in the country’s capital, Khartoum, and placed him under house arrest. Four more ministers and a member of the Sovereign Council controlling the government were arrested.

Leaders of the pro-democracy movement talked about a conspiracy and called on people to take to the streets. Tires were burned in some parts of Khartoum by protesters carrying the Sudanese flag. The army and paramilitary forces are supporting the protests.

Protesters burn tires and blockade a street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on October 25, 2021 – Photo: RASD Sudan Network / Reuters

According to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV channel in the United Arab Emirates, the airport in Khartoum was closed and international flights were grounded. The Internet was cut off in the Sudanese capital.

A coalition of leading activists in the uprising against Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan between 1989 and 2019, called for a general strike and civil disobedience against what the Sudan Professionals Association (SPA) called a “military revolution”.

“We will occupy people down the streets, block all roads with barricades, hold general strikes, do not cooperate with allies and do not use legal non-cooperation to confront them,” the group said in a statement on social media. .

2521 October 2021 Protesters block the streets of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan – Photo: RASD Sudan Network / Reuters

Sudan is currently experiencing a political tensions with the polarization, with a government made up of civilians and the military. The group of protesters defends the civilian government and wants the military to step down. Another calls on the military to bring the country out of crisis.

Sudanese officials and international leaders are warning of the level of tension in the country – with the already failed September 21 coup attempt.

Protesters display Sudanese flag near a burning tire barrier during a protest in the capital, Khartoum, on October 21, 2021 – Photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla / Reuters

Demonstration against the military in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on October 21, 2021 – Photo: Mohammed Nureldin Abdalla / Reuters

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