Doctors, oil workers to join disobedience movement against Sudan military takeover

State oil company workers and doctors in Sudan said on Wednesday they were joining protests against the military coup that has derailed the country's planned transition to democracy.

2021-10-28 01:00:00 AM

State oil company workers and doctors in Sudan said on Wednesday they were joining protests against the military coup that has derailed the country's planned transition to democracy.

State oil company workers and doctors in Sudan said on Wednesday they were joining protests against the military coup that has derailed the country's planned transition to democracy.

"We announce (we are) joining the civil disobedience in support of the people’s decision backing the civil democratic transformation and until this demand is achieved," Sudapet said in a statement carried by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), an activist alliance.

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Doctors also said they would go on strike."As we promised and previously announced we would enter a general strike across Sudan in the event of a coup, we are keeping to our word and timing completely," the Unified Doctors' Office, which is made up of different unions, said.

Civilian groups have accused the military of scheming for weeks to seize power.Speaking on Tuesday at his first news conference since announcing the takeover, Burhan said the army had no choice but to sideline politicians who he said were inciting people against the armed forces. headtopics.com

The military's action did not amount to a coup, he said. SERIOUS RISKEvents in Sudan - Africa's third largest country - mirror those in several other Arab states where the military tightened its grip following uprisings.Willow Berridge, a Sudan expert at Newcastle University, said it would be difficult for Burhan and the army to suppress street mobilisation against the takeover because of the presence of resistance committees in many neighbourhoods.

"My greatest fear is that he will fall back even further on the only legitimacy he can depend on – violence. It is a very serious risk," Berridge said.Burhan has close ties to states that worked to roll back Islamist influence and contain the impact of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

While Western countries have denounced the takeover in Sudan -- which has a history of military coups -- those Arab countries have mainly called for all parties to show restraint.Burhan has also been at the forefront of Sudan's steps to normalise relations with Israel.

Sharon Bar-Li, deputy director-general for Africa at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told Kan radio on Tuesday it was still too early to know if developments in Sudan will have consequences for the issue of normalisation.The African Union has suspended Sudan's participation in all activities until the restoration of the civilian-led authority it said in a communique dated on Tuesday. headtopics.com

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On Tuesday evening, the SPA said it had reports of attacks by"coup forces" on protester sites in Khartoum and other cities. It said they had fired shots and tried to break through barricades."Right now, because the military now has power, they have halted the path and taken us back to square one, but that doesn't work for us," said Sudanese citizen Mohamed Ali.

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African Union suspends Sudan over military coupThe AU said it had suspended Sudan until civilian rule in the country is restored, saying it rejected the military takeover as an 'unconstitutional' seizure of power.

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