By Keshav Vinod
The coup in Sudan has been widely condemned by the international community. The military arrested civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and dissolved the country’s transitional government on Monday, sparking protests in several cities. Seven civilians have been killed and 140 injured by the army as the country is engulfed by violent protests.
Tensions have been brewing for a few months between Sudan’s military and the politicians. Chief of military Lt. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced in a press conference that the country’s joint civilian-military government has been dissolved and the country is now under a state of emergency.
Troops also opened fire on the pro-democracy protests after they flooded the capital city of Khartoum. The fear among the military officials was that this joint government with the civilians would lead to them being taken out of the gold industry. The soldiers play a crucial role in the gold mines in Sudan by exporting the gold to Dubai.
Phone lines and the internet have been severely restricted in the country that is seemingly going through another military revolution. Protests continue to flood the street with the threat of death looming around the corner and will continue to come out in droves until the power is handed back to the civilian government.