Sudan coup organised to prevent war says top general

oh let’s turn to sudan the country’s top general who led monday’s coup has defended the military takeover as necessary to prevent a civil war well general abdul fatter al-bahan has spoken to journalists 24 hours after he dissolved the civilian government declared a state of emergency and arrested the civilian prime minister here’s what he had to say the prime minister was staying at his home but we were afraid he would be harmed he is now staying with me at my home we were sitting together yesterday evening and he is carrying on with his life normally he will return home when the crisis is over and all threats are gone but for now he is staying with me at my house on monday the general announced the end of a power-sharing deal with civilian leaders who had been leading sudan’s democratic transition since the ousting of omar al-bashir back in 2019. well thousands took to the streets to demand a return to civilian rule protesters burn tyres and block roads we’re told ten people died when soldiers opened fire despite the unrest though the protests continued for a second day this was khartoum earlier as you can see it’s quieter shops are closed phone and internet lines are severely disrupted central bank staff have reportedly gone on strike and across the country doctors are said to be refusing to work in military-run hospitals except in emergencies international flights have been suspended until at least saturday well the bbc spoke to an activist in khartoum who described the scene where she is what’s actually happening is that the army is controlling the bridges between the three states of khartoum and then the army headquarters and the neighborhoods around it like ramallah’s neighborhood those are the neighborhoods closer to the army headquarters beside the bridges uh the bridges are open for people to pass but you get harassed beaten uh sometimes like um we have two people that uh they have uh uh bro they broke their hands while um passing the the bridge to demand city and the streets are really blocked with barricades revolution is everywhere thousands of people are still on the street all sudan’s civilian leaders and their military counterparts have been at odds since sudan’s previous military leader omar al-bashir was overthrown two years ago their power-sharing agreement was designed to steer sudan towards democracy but that’s proven fragile there have been a number of failed coup attempts previously the most recent was just over a month ago well last week sudan’s prime minister warned of a dangerous crisis regardless some in sudan doubt the coup will succeed here’s the director of the human rights group justice africa sudan we have been in military rule 54 years of out of our 65 years of independence and the military rules have actually run sudan down in the last 65 years this is why i don’t think we want to repeat that democracy didn’t get the chance to revive and survive in sudan that’s why the reins generation have seen what freedom means freedom mean good economy freedom means uh good education good health accountability no corruptions and they cannot accept to go back again to the same old regime of corruption baptism dictator that tortures human rights abuses i think really they determine that they will fight back and they start the fighting even before uh general burhan uh announced his statement they start the fighting and the fighting will continue while there has been widespread international condemnation the u.s has suspended a 700 million dollar aid package demanding the civilian government is restored without preconditions here’s national security adviser jake sullivan we have made clear that we are deeply alarmed and president secretary blinken put out a very strong statement yesterday by the actions taken 36 hours ago by the sudanese security forces including the arrest of multiple civilian officials and the detention of prime minister hamdock we believe it undermines the country’s transition to democratic civilian rule and we firmly reject the assertions that this is within the authority of the military leadership in sudan from our perspective these actions are utterly unacceptable they contravene the constitutional declaration but more importantly they contravene the aspiration of the sudanese people well general burhan had a lengthy military career under omar al-bashir and many in sudan fear a return to brutal autocratic rule the general has powerful connections analysts point to ties to saudi arabia and the united arab emirates and egypt well sally nabil is in cairo and she told me how this is playing out there actually egypt has been pretty cautious when it comes to reactions to what’s happening in sudan uh the ministry of foreign affairs have issu has issued a very brief statement yesterday saying that it supports the stability of sudan and it calls on all parties to be committed to self-restraint it did not describe what happened in sudan as a coup and it did not even explain what does it mean actually by stability does it mean siding with the army generals who took over power or supporting the protesters who coal who are calling for a democratic transition to civilian rule and in fact um egypt is viewed in sudan as a strong supporter of the military leaders that’s what i heard from many sudanese people when i was there in her tomb right after former president bashir left power it is viewed as a strong backer of the army generals and perhaps this is why the egyptians were pretty cautious with the wording of them of the statement they issued yesterday so they are just waiting to see how things are going to go and which party is going to have the upper hand and how real sally is the threat that other powerful backers in the region might end up having to prop him up actually that’s a pretty complicated question because regional power regional players they they do have um they do have a role in what’s happening in sudan according to some experts i’ve been talking to and we can see that in in the reactions coming from the gulf area for example like saudi arabia like united arab emirates they have said they have been quite diplomatic but they have said we support also the stability of sudan we side with the sudanese people but again they did not refer to what happened as a coup they did not criticize the army generals and generally speaking egypt and some gulf monarchs like saudi arabia and uae are seen as strong backers of the army general of the army generals on the other hand we have another reaction coming from turkey for example that said that it is pretty worried about what’s happening and yesterday the ministry of foreign affairs the turkish ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement saying that it’s quite concerned about the coup attempt taking place in sudan so from the reactions we can some sort of tell what kind of parties the regional key players are supporting  

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