Home | News    Monday 8 April 2019

Sudanese army foil attempt to disperse protesters during the night


Protesters and army soldiers outside the SAF headquarters on 8 April 2019 morning (ST photo)
April 8, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese army soldiers have foiled an attack by the security apparatus elements on the protesters who camp outside the Sudan Armed Forces headquarters s in Khartoum.

Several reports say President Omer al-Bashir ordered, during a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday, to use violence to disperse the sit-in out the army headquarters where the military protect thousands of protesters.

During the early hours of Monday as expected armed elementsIntelligenceonal intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrived and started opening fire in the air to break up the three-day sit-in but the protesters did not flee the area.

At the same time, the Sudanese army soldiers ordered the protesters who spent the night outside the headquarters to lie down on the ground and started shooting in the air too, to prevent them from advancing towards the protesters.

On Monday morning activists, from the army headquarters, broadcasted live reports showing the protesters chanting slogans hailing the protection they army has provided after the withdrawal of the security forces, while others converted a vehicle abandoned by the security forces into a trash can.

It is obvious now in Khartoum that there is a rift among the regular forces or at least within the Sudanese army leadership as many say the soldiers cannot resist the security forces without instruction from their military command.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) released a statement on the social media calling on Khartoum state population to gather at the army headquarters to prevent further attack on the protesters or the army soldiers.

For its part, the opposition forces of the Freedom and Change Declaration announced a press conference from outside the army headquarters on Monday afternoon.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)

Can Sudan achieve peace and democratic transition? 2019-08-13 07:37:28 By Rosalind Marsden Sudan has a unique opportunity to embrace democratic transition but there is no room for complacency. Comprehensive reforms and a united democratic front will be key to (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.