Opposition Groups, Military Rulers Trade Blame After Week of Violence in Sudan

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Political protesters in Sudan have continued to act in defiance of all provisions set forth by the nation’s Transitional Military Council (TMC).

The now deposed Omar Al-Bashir’s 30-year reign was ended last month via military coup. Al-Bashir is Sudan’s former president. Under his rule, the nation of Sudan was embroiled in its Second Civil War, which lasted from 1983 to 2005.

The human cost of this 22-year conflict left societal wounds on the Sudanese people that have yet to heal. This appears to still be evident even as Al-Bashir languishes in a Khartoum jail out of power today.

According to the ruling body that removed Al-Bashir from power, home-grown Sudanese justice awaits the former brigadier butcher for his crimes against the people. However, as soon as Sudan’s TMC took power, further chaos ensued.

General Awad Ibn Auf was the military strongman who led the coup that ousted Al-Bashir. However, General Auf quickly resigned from his position as the head of the TMC. He appointed a successor but it did not appease the opposition groups who do not trust him.

Violence went on during the political demonstrations, which were organized before and after the removal of Al-Bashir as Sudan’s president. On April 9, 2019, National Public Radio (NPR) published an online report about bloodshed that occurred before the coup.

Around that time, anti-government protesters staged a sit-in demonstration around a military complex in Khartoum. However, these non-violent acts were met with aggressive gunfire. NPR reported that 14 people were killed on that day.

In May 2019, the Al-Jazeera Media Network, published an online report about more current incidents of violence. On May 14, the Doha, Qatar-based world news source claimed that four people were killed after another organized sit-in protest.

Al-Jazeera also reported that the two main sides of the Sudanese struggle (the ruling TMC and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces) were blaming the other for the loss of life, which occurred on that bloody Monday.

One peaceful opposition group has demanded a swift and deliberate probe into the killings, which have occurred during non-violent protests.

Bloodshed at this point during Sudan’s government transition period is a serious cause for concern. The Sudanese people have endured enough violence throughout the decades and the time is now to formulate peaceful solutions for the future.