Sudanese Against UN Intervention In Peace Negotiations
Sudan–Sudanese pro-military protesters are not supporting the United Nations’ bid to solve the political stalemate that has stalled the country’s progress. They can be seen in revolt and shouting out slogans against the decision on streets already.
This is almost three months after the military coup and when the government has lost its leadership all together. Shouting slogans and holding banners reading, “Down, down UN”, everyone has been asking the United Nations special representative Volker Perthes to “Go back home”.
The demonstrators gathered outside the Khartoum office of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, or UNITAMS, which launched talks with Sudanese factions this month. ‘We don’t want foreign intervention in our country’ is the clarion call from the commoners.
While the UN has been trying to broker a solution, nothing has been coming by the whole drama between them and the commoners. It seems UN has not been able to get a draft or proposal in place to figure out a middle way on the stalemate. Sudan has been rocked by a deadly crackdown against protests calling for civilian rule since an October 25 military coup led by general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
The country’s latest military takeover derailed a power-sharing transition between the army and civilians that had been painstakingly negotiated after the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
The call for democracy is clear- ‘we want the coup to be reversed’. Meanwhile, some young Sudanese have been subjected to physical assault. Some have also lost their lives. However, the military coup government continues to keep a stance that it has not used any ammunition or violence on its citizens. n the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, sport clubs said they had suspended all activities until further notice “in tribute to the martyrs killed”. Shops and stores were also largely shuttered and streets were empty, according to witnesses.
On Monday a protester in Wad Madani was among three in the country gunned down by security forces during a protest for civilian rule, the Doctors’ Committee said.