Sudan – During a speech after attending the conclusion of a military drill in the Maaqil district of the northern Nile River State, Sudan’s senior general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan warned against foreign meddling in the country’s internal affairs. “We are all observing the political landscape,” Abdel Fattah al-Burhan stated. “Unfortunately, we observe a number of diplomatic envoys moving among citizens, plainly attempting to provoke civilians to turn against the military forces in order to grasp the chance of interfering in Sudanese affairs.”
Al-Burhan accused foreign missions of inciting the Sudanese defense forces to revolt. He went on to say that this has further destabilized a country that is already seeing violent protests. “We warn them (the diplomats) against this type of activity and tell them that we can plainly see them and would not hesitate to take action against anyone violating Sudan’s security and sanctity or anything relating to Sudan,” Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said.
According to activists, security personnel have used violence in previous rounds of protests, including firing live ammunition at protesters. According to the Sudan Doctors Committee, which keeps track of protester deaths, at least 44 protestors have been murdered and hundreds have been injured since the coup. On Oct. 25, the Sudanese military overthrew the transitional government and detained scores of officials and politicians.
More than two years after a popular revolt forced the resignation of longstanding tyrant Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist regime, the takeover shattered a fragile planned transition to democratic rule. Under international pressure, Hamdok was reinstated last month as part of a compromise that called for an independent technocratic Cabinet to be overseen by the military. The deal included the release of government officials and politicians who had been arrested since the coup, as well as the formation of an independent technocratic cabinet chaired by Hamdok.