On Sunday, fresh protests erupted in Sudan in demand of full civilian rule, with protesters blocking the main land road with Egypt.
According to reporters on the ground, protesters in the Northern State blocked the Sheryan al-Shimal road between Sudan and Egypt in protest of what they call the Egyptian government’s support for the military takeover in Sudan.
Resistance committees, which led protests against former President Omar al-Bashir, said in a statement: “We will fully block the road between the two countries and stop the Sudanese exports to Egypt.”
The statement added, “Roads will be shut from both River Nile State and the Northern State, including the road linking Port Sudan with Khartoum to the south and with Egypt in the north.”
Thousands of protesters chanted slogans against the military and called for the accountability of demonstrators killed by security forces in the capital Khartoum.
More than 70 protesters were killed in protests against the military takeover in Sudan since October, according to local medics.
Hussein Adam, a protester near the presidential palace in Khartoum, told local reporters: “The military rulers believe that the protests will decline day by day, but they will not as the world sees now.”
Since October 25, 2021, Sudan has been in turmoil when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency.
Sudan was governed by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials tasked with overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023, prior to the military takeover.
Hamdok was reinstated on November 21 following an agreement, but protesters denounced the deal, insisting on the removal of any military influence over the transitional governing coalition.
Hamdok resigned on January 2, citing a political deadlock.