Sudan boosts security measures in Khartoum ahead of protests

Million 'martyr' march: Sudan boosts security measures in Khartoum ahead of planned protests
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09 January, 2022
The authorities reportedly intend to shut down internet and phone signals, while police reinforcements have been deployed in Khartoum's city centre.
A million 'martyr' marched has been planned for Sunday in Khartoum [AFP/Getty]

Sudan's capital Khartoum came under strict security measures ahead of the million "martyrs" march planned for Sunday.

Sudan's resistance committees have called for a million-person march to the presidential palace in central Khartoum in opposition to General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan's October military coup, The New Arab's Arabic sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said.

Early on Sunday, Sudanese authorities closed off three bridges connecting central Khartoum with Khartoum North and twin city Omdurman, shutting off several main roads, including those leading close to the army command centre.

They also intend to shut down internet and phone signal, reports said. Police reinforcements were deployed in Khartoum's city centre, including from nearby states, according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

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Meanwhile, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors announced sit-in protests at multiple hospitals on Sunday.

There will also be a procession towards the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a notice about the rights violations against citizens and health facilities and workers.

The Khartoum State Security Committee promised it would not use violence against peaceful protesters inside hospitals and emphasised its commitment to prosecute all those engaged in "looting", according to a statement from the country's collective head of state.

Since the 25 October coup in Sudan, at least 60 people have been killed during protests, with hundreds more wounded.

Rights organisations have alleged the security services have stopped the injured getting to hospital, and even attacked medical facilities and their staff.