Action continues against pro-democracy activists following a coup in Sudan, in which the military has detained three prominent people who advocate for democracy in the country. Pro-democracy protesters blocked roads with temporary barricades and burning tyres in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday, a day after a coup by the military. According to doctors, soldiers opened fire on the protesting crowd, in which 4 protesters were killed.
Meanwhile, the arrest of 3 prominent people who advocated democracy has been confirmed by their families on Wednesday. Democracy supporters detained by the military include Ismail al-Taj, Sadiq al-Sadiq al-Mahdiq and Khalid al-Silayq. Meanwhile, pressure from the international community on the military to withdraw the coup continues to mount. Three pro-democracy men were arrested hours after the military allowed ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and his wife to return home.
Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok, a former UN economist, and other senior officials were arrested on Monday following a coup by the military. The military coup in Sudan is seen as a major threat to the process of restoring democratic order in the country. Long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir and his Islamic government were toppled in 2019 following a popular uprising, and efforts have since intensified to restore democracy in Sudan.
General Abdel-Fatah Burhan, who took power after the coup, has vowed to hold elections in Sudan as scheduled in July 2023 and in the meantime appoint a technocrat government. But critics cast doubt on General Burhan’s intentions, saying it is unlikely the military will eventually allow democratic rule to be restored in the country.