Sudanese people protest against a military coup that overthrew the transition to civilian rule, on October 25, 2021, in the capital Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.
Security forces opened fire on protesters earlier Monday, killing three demonstrators, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee. The group said at least 80 people have been injured.
Sudan’s military chief, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, declared a nationwide state of emergency Monday and announced the end of a joint civilian-military council that ran the country for the past two years.
The general made a televised address after military forces arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other officials of the Sovereign Council.
Burhan said he dissolved the council and the government due to “political quarrels that were threatening the security of the country” and announced that a “new government of technocrats will soon be appointed.”Journalist Michael Atit, who is in the Sudanese capital, told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Khartoum following reports of Hamdok’s arrest. Atit reported hearing gunfire and seeing tires burned in the streets.
Atit said most telecommunications in Khartoum have shut down, including the internet and radio stations. Only a state-owned television station was on the air, broadcasting patriotic music.
U.N. Special Representative for Sudan, Volker Perthes, said the military “took control of Khartoum, closing the entrances and the bridges, and closing down the airport and also taking control of state TV.”
He briefed reporters in New York virtually from Khartoum, saying that as night fell in the city, he could see from his location barricades still burning and could hear occasional gunshots. He described the situation as “fluid