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After the heroic sacrifices of valiant & ordinary citizens, the leadership of @_AfricanUnion is about to sit in idle complicity as the soldiers in the Transitional Military Council (TMC) launch a violent & bloody #SudanCounterRevolution. #Africans everywhere shd weigh in
Here is the #SitRep: Since the end of last month, the soliders in the TMC have been launched a rolling #InternetShutdown on Khartoum with the design to facilitate a #SudanCounterRevolution by constraining & ultimately cutting off the ability of the protests to co-ordinate
At the beginning of the week, on Monday, 3 June, about 05:00hrs Khartoum time, the TMC sent 1000s of armed Rapid Support Forces (RSF) soldiers, the Janjaweed militia & men in police uniforms using RSF trucks to disperse the sit-in.
Using live rounds & under instructions from the TMC, the soldiers with their Janjaweed subalterns shot at the peaceful protesters within the sit-in site, leaving many dead, hundreds injured & many more missing & unaccounted for.
Lots of folks have issued statements of condemnation, including @antonioguterres for @UN; @MoussaFakiMht on behalf of @_AfricanUnion; @OHCHR; as well as the @EU_Commission, France, Germany & the UK, but not much else besides.
Far from sounding like firm condemnations, these statements create the impression that the ongoing #SudanCounterRevolution is just another routine #HumanRights violation to be cured by platitudes. On the contrary, these statements cld give implicit support to the TMC
Let's be clear: the TMC in these latest atrocities have killed or authorized the killing of over 100 ppl & the disappearance of lots more. They have expelled the media, including @AJENews as well as the envoy of @antonioguterres, Fink Haysom
Additionally, the RSF burnt down tents at the sit-in site with protesters inside. Burnt bodies have bn retrieved. Some rape cases by the RSF soldiers were
confirmed at the sit-in site & in nearby neighbourhoods, including the rape
of two female doctors
After trashing the sit-in, RSF chased protesters into away & attacked medical facilities where some of the dead bodies & injured were taken. Military officers at the Military HQ by the sit-in site were disarmed to avoid attempts to protect the protesters
The TMC is repressing dissident voices within Sudan's army & also aggressively responding to the protests in different parts of the country. It's reported that some military Generals have been placed under house arrest by the TMC.
Unified regional & international voice on this is not forthcoming. The @UN Security Council finished meeting on this today without being able to raise a statement in condemnation of the TMC. They cld not agree to condemn the #SudanCounterRevolution
This #SudanCounterRevolution is being plotted by a coalition of Arab autocrats co-ordinated by & from a script authored by Egypt's President, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, who, himself, used similar means to roll back Egypt's revolution in 2013.
The rulers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia & the UAE, no friends to democratic governance, are acting in concert to thwart the aspirations of Sudan’s reform movement & foist a military-led #SudanCounterRevolution on the people
Egypt's President Al-Sisi currently Chairs the Assmebly of Heads of State & Government of @_AfricanUnion. In this capacity, he appears to be abusing his power as Chair to prevent the AU PSC from suspending the Sudan’s
AU membership.
It's not surprising that this #SudanCounterRevolution has bn launched after the head of the TMC, Gen Abdulfattah Burhan & his VP, Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (Hemedti) returned from UAE, Egypt, Ethiopia & the OIC Conference in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In a statement on Sudan National TV late last night, Burhan nullified the partial agreement with Opposition coalition to establish a transitional
govt & indefinitely suspended negotiations. He announced the TMC will
rule Sudan for a transitional period of 9 months.
On 30 Apr, @_AfricanUnion gave the TMC 2 months to hand over power to a civilian-led government. With yesterday’s announcement by Gen. Burhan, the AU has an obligation under the Constitutive Act to suspend Burhan's #SudanCounterRevolution from AU membership & impose sanctions
In addition, @UN & @_AfricanUnion shd collaborate to establish a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the massacres & associated atrocities by the TMC & the agents of the #SudanCounterRevolution urgently accompanied by an offer of an internationally-facilitated mediation.
A safe landing for the #SudanUprising is important for #Africa's stability. If #TheSudanCounterRevolution succeeds, we cld end up with a contagion of #StateFragmentation & instability afflicting much of the Sahel as well as countries of the #NileBasin & the #GreatLakes of #Africa
2mrw, 6 June, @_AfricanUnion Peace & Security Council, PSC, will hold an emergency session on the situation in Sudan. The session was agreed following an informal consultation among the PSC, following the massacres in Khartoum on Monday, 3 June 2019.
With the help of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, a Sudanese General known as "Hemetti", who was a principal mastermind of the #CrimesAgainstHumanity in Darfur, is about to mastermind the #SudanCounterRevolution, & the world watches with idle complicity.
Last Monday, Hemetti's RSF, aka Janjaweed brought Darfur's atrocities to Khartoum. Early in the morning, they attacked the sit-in & roamed the streets, turning the roughly 1sq mile of tents, stages, banners & placards into a heap of ashes, bodies & blood.
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