Sudan’s prime minister under house arrest; Activists condemned the coup. World

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prime minister of Sudanhandjob Abdullah HamdokiAccording to Al Hadath TV channel, on Monday morning (25) he was placed under house arrest by an unidentified military group that surrounded his residence in the country’s capital Khartoum. Another four ministers and a member of the sovereign council that governs the government were arrested.

Leaders of the pro-democracy movement called for a coup and called on the public to take to the streets. Protesters carrying the Sudanese flag set tires on fire in parts of Khartoum. Military and paramilitary forces are involved in the protests.

Protesters set fire to tires and barricades across the street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on 25 October 2021 – Photo: RASD Sudan Network/Reuters

According to the Al-Arabiya TV channel, the airport in Khartoum, in the United Arab Emirates, headquartered in Dubai, was closed and international flights were suspended. Internet was shut down in Sudan’s capital.

The information ministry said military personnel raided the headquarters of a television station in the city of Omdurman in the metropolitan area of ​​Khartoum and arrested the station’s employees.

The Sudan Professionals Association (SPA), the leading coalition of activists in the rebellion against Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan between 1989 and 2019, called for a general strike and civil disobedience against a “military coup”.

The group said in a statement on the social network, “We urge the public to take to the streets and occupy them, barricade all roads, hold a general strike, not co-operate with the coup perpetrators and use civil disobedience.” call upon.” .

Protesters set fire to barricades in the street in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on 25 October 2021 – Photo: RASD Sudan Network / Reuters

With a government currently made up of civilians and the military, Sudan is experiencing a political tension with polarization. A group of protesters defends the civilian government and wants the military to give up power. The second one asks the military government to get the country out of trouble.

Sudanese officials and international leaders warned of the scale of tensions in the country – already shaken by the failed September 21 coup attempt.

Protesters show the flag of Sudan near a lit tire barricade during a protest in the capital Khartoum on October 21, 2021 — Photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdullah/Reuters

Protesters protest against the army in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan on 21 October 2021 — Photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdullah/Reuters

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