The US Embassy in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, advised its employees to avoid places of crowds and protests expected to break out in the country, on Sunday.
This came in a warning published by the US Embassy in Khartoum on its Facebook page prior to expected demonstrations, Sunday, in Khartoum and the country’s cities, to demand full civilian rule in Sudan, coinciding with the third anniversary of the outbreak of the protests that toppled the rule of former President Omar al-Bashir.
The embassy said, “Demonstrations are expected to take place on December 19 in Khartoum and potentially in other states,” which coincides with the third anniversary of the start of the popular protests on the same day in 2018, which ended with the intervention of the army leadership and the dismissal of Al-Bashir on April 11, 2019.
She added, “Embassy personnel have been encouraged to work from home,” and “if travel is necessary, instructed to be off the roads by 1 p.m.”
Political forces, including the “resistance committees” and the “professionals assembly”, called for mass demonstrations in Khartoum and the country’s cities, on Sunday, in rejection of the political agreement signed between the army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, and to demand full civilian rule.
Since last October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests rejecting exceptional measures, including declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and transitional ministers, dismissing Hamdok, and arresting party leaders and officials, within measures described by political forces as a “military coup”.
On November 21, Al-Burhan and Hamdok signed a political agreement that includes the latter’s return to his position, the formation of a government of competencies, the release of political detainees, and the two parties pledged to work together to complete the democratic path, but political forces expressed their rejection of the agreement as an “attempt to legitimize the coup.” vowing to continue protests until a full civilian rule is achieved.