Five more peaceful protesters were killed Monday (July 29) in the Sudanese city of Al-Obeid. Protesters there (including children) decried a shortage of bread and fuel for transportation in the area.
The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors issued a statement, which claimed that four of the five protesters who were murdered were school students, according to The Globe Post. The committee also claimed that professional marksman were responsible.
“Five martyrs succumbed to direct wounds from sniper bullets during a peaceful rally in Al-Obeid,” read a statement issued by the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors.
The city of Al-Obeid is the capital of Sudan’s North Kordofan province. The provincial government issued a nightfall curfew for three other cities inside the North Kordofan state in response to the violence, which erupted at the Al-Obeid peace rally.
All protest leaders wanted was for Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (or any other municipal governing authority) to respond to a crisis that is affecting the people.
In addition to establishing law and order, any ruling government is obligated to deliver emergency services in a time of crisis. When the peace rally participants reached downtown Al-Obeid, chaos began to ensue.
“For the past few days there has been a shortage of fuel and bread. School children were affected as there is no transport to help them reach their schools. Today, they staged a rally and when it reached downtown there were shots fired,” a resident said (AFP).
So far, there has been no response by city, provincial, or national government officials to reign in justice for the five protesters who were murdered in cold blood. There is nothing criminal about their revolutionary activities of peace and humanity.
A Ruthless Sudanese Warlord Met With Egypt’s Military-Hardened President
According to the Al-Jazeera Media Network, a high-ranking official within the ranks of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) was in Cairo, Egypt meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the time of the Al-Obeid massacre.
The TMC’s Lt. General Mohamed “Hemeti” Daglo (pictured) is the Sudanese official who was meeting with President El-Sisi on Monday (July 29). El-Sisi is a retired career military strongman who seized Egyptian political power and assumed the presidency in 2014.
Egypt’s government has released a statement saying that the government in Cairo is interested in “strategically supporting” neighboring Sudan during its current crisis. Stability pertaining to security issues are also an area of concern, according to El-Sisi.
Though El-Sisi is supported by many Western governments (including the U.S. government), many in North Africa view him as an imperialist puppet who is operating an oppressive dictatorship backed by the West.
El-Sisi came to power after the U.S. President Barack Obama-backed “Arab Spring” campaign in 2011, which spawned new leadership for a number of predominantly Muslim, Arab-speaking countries in North Africa and along the Persian Gulf.
Hemeti of Sudan, on the other hand, is not a legitimately traditional military man like El-Sisi is. The TMC recently made him second in command to its president. However, it was not for his military sophistication or presidential diplomacy.
The Truth About Hemeti and His Band of Thugs
Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces are the Hemeti-controlled band of mercenaries who have been used by the Sudanese Army to crackdown on protest situations that the army can’t control.
Under the previous Sudanese regime of former President Omar Al-Bashir, Hemeti gained a reputation for wanton cruelty. The Rapid Support Forces is the re-branded name for the Janjaweed, a gruesomely horrific Sudanese militia that terrorized Darfur, Sudan.
During the extremely brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that occurred in Darfur during Al-Bashir’s rule, Hemeti became the most feared man in all of Sudan. He still is.
What is even more scary is that this man is continuing to be viewed by the West as a legitimate leadership alternative. Hemeti’s boyish grin and humble charm, which he honed during his beginnings as a camel herder, are features of a mere mask.
May the Sudanese protest movement’s pursuit of peace and prosperity survive. May the movement continue to repudiate the influence of Hemeti and his Rapid Support Forces.
Rapists, robbers, and murderers have no place in leadership for Sudan’s future government.