Yesterday, a military coup took place in Sudan. It has now come to light who organized it and why – General Abdel Fattah Burhan. He blames instability and political infighting and deems it a necessary action on part of the military. His troops went into the homes of political figures, detaining them, but this didn’t lead to casualties. The Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, was amongst the detained.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Khartoum and other major cities, taking part in massive demonstrations, demanding civilian rule. At least 3 people have been killed in clashes between protestors and soldiers, and at least 80 have been wounded.
Many important roads have been blocked by protesters. A lot of women are also taking part in the demonstrations.
The internet and most phone lines are down, the airport is still shut down, the Central Bank staff have gone on strike across the country, and doctors are refusing to work in military-run hospitals, except in emergencies.
The coup has been strongly condemned all over the world. The United States halted giving $700 million in aid to Sudan.