Sudan: SPA refuses international dialogue initiative
The Sudanese Professionals Association refuses the UN envoy's call for dialogue with the military council and stresses that the solution to the country's issues begins with toppling the council.
The Sudanese Professionals Association demanded in a statement released on Sunday the complete overthrow of the military council and that its members be surrendered to justice in special courts for the “massacres they’ve committed” against the unarmed Sudanese people, the statement said.
The Association also said it refused the call of UN Envoy and UNITAMS (United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission Sudan) Mission Head Volker Perthes to partake in consultations in the political process between Sudanese factions, noting that the invitation pushes for normalization with the military council’s criminals and their fascist authority, they said.
The statement also added that Mr. Volker’s practices go against the principles and mission of the international organization in supporting the rights of peoples to freedom, peace, and honorable living, and added that Perthes would do best by listening to the aspirations of the people of Sudan and its revolutionary powers in a national, fully civil rule and the defeat of the last bastion of autocracy.
The UNITAMS mission chief had announced the relaunching of the political process between Sudanese factions in order to agree on a way out of the country’s current crisis, by including the participation of the military component, as well as political parties and civil society organizations.
The Association also announced that it will stand by the “No’s” of the revolutionary forces (no negotiations, no partnership, no legitimacy), and its decisive adoption of the myriad of tools of peaceful protest until the people are given a purely civil rule based on revolutionary legitimacy.
It has also called for protests on Sunday, alongside some other factions, that would head toward Khartoum’s Presidential palace and demand for a fully civic rule.
Sudan has been witnessing continuous protests in a number of cities and provinces against the measures adopted by Sovereignty Council chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on October 25, whereby the sovereignty council was restructured, a number of officials were arrested, and the government of Abdullah Hamdok was overthrown.
Hamdok was reinstated as Prime Minister following a new deal with Al-Burhan, which some Sudanese powers opposed, and was lauded by international countries. The Prime Minister announced his resignation last Sunday.
Sudan's Security Forces use teargas on protestors
Sudan's security forces used teargas to break up protests today near Khartoum's Presidential Palace, eyewitnesses told AFP.
Thousands of protestors took to the streets in Khartoum today, with the army barricading the main roads leading to the Presidential Palace and the Army Command's headquarters in the center of the capital.