In Sudan, the streets remain determined to bring down the military junta

By Eliott Brachet

Posted today at 10:46 a.m., updated at 10:47 a.m.

On a pixelated banner, the mustached face of Abdallah Hamdok, Sudanese Prime Minister, rubs shoulders with the smiling face of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese icon who had bet on a collaboration with the military junta, before being overthrown by a coup. “Let’s learn from the Burmese example”, we read at the bottom of the plastic tarpaulin, deployed at the head of the procession in the popular district of Diyum, south of Khartoum.

At the call of the resistance committees, numerous political parties and civil society organizations, a new “million march” started on Thursday, November 25 to commemorate the death of the forty-two “martyrs” of the revolt against the coup d’état led a month earlier by General Abdel Fattah Al-Bourhane.

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The opportunity also to express their rejection of the agreement, signed Sunday, November 21, between the head of the military junta and Abdallah Hamdok, back to his post after a month of house arrest. The pact allowed the putschist generals to attract the good graces of the international community, while maintaining their grip on the country.

Protesters march through the Al-Sahafa neighborhood in Khartoum on November 25, 2021.

“Hamdok had no other solution”

“We do not avoid a bloodbath by signing with the murderers, but by removing them from power”, declares a representative of the resistance committees of Khartoum, haranguing the crowd from the balcony of a building. Below, many demonstrators are debating this “Shame agreement”. “The generals wanted to divide us by bringing back Hamdok. But, with or without him, our position is clear: the soldiers must return to their barracks ”, claims Suhanda Al-Saddiq, an activist from the east of the city.

Others, like Amir Hassan, dentist, consider that this agreement is certainly unsatisfactory, but that“Abdallah Hamdok had no other solution. There remains a symbol for [eux]. It has enabled the country to move forward, especially on the international scene ”. All agree that the priority is to keep the pressure on the military junta, to demand its fall.

A protester holds a sign that reads

For the first time since October 25, the date of the coup, the bridges spanning the Nile remained open during the demonstration and the police were discreet. Except in the Omdourman and Bahri neighborhoods, where the police fired tear gas, injuring dozens of people, the protests went smoothly.

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In an interview given to Sudanese television, Abdallah Hamdok assured, Wednesday, not to have undergone any pressure and justified his decision by the desire to avoid “A bloodshed” and of “Not to lose the achievements of the past two years”, while promising the organization of free elections in July 2023. If the Prime Minister is confident, the agreement does confirm a largely unbalanced power sharing in favor of the military and contains many gray areas.

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In Sudan, the streets remain determined to bring down the military junta