Bouncing Back From Crackdown, Protesters Surge Through Sudan’s Streets – The New York Times

Bouncing Back From Crackdown, Protesters Surge Through Sudan’s Streets – The New York Times

“We want to get things under control,” he said.

Witnesses and medical organizations in Khartoum could not corroborate those assertions.

A former camel trader and militia commander, General Hamdan has emerged as the most powerful figure in Sudan, even if he is formally outranked by an older man, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. His troops patrol the streets of Khartoum, and he has held rallies in recent weeks to position himself as a potential national leader.

The authoritarian leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are hostile to democracy movements in the Middle East, openly support General Hamdan. They pledged $3 billion in aid for Sudan in April in an effort to prop up the country’s ailing economy.

The State Department, which has sided with the protesters, has been unusually critical of Saudi Arabia’s role in Sudan’s crisis. But the main diplomatic effort is being led by mediators from the African Union and Ethiopia who have worked, so far fruitlessly, to bring the protesters and generals together.

Trust between the two sides is low. On Saturday, General Hamdan’s troops raided the main office of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which is leading the protest movement, and prevented the group from holding a news conference.

Such measures appeared to have had limited impact on Sunday, when people flooded into the streets. Some demonstrators managed to broadcast live video of the protests, using roaming services or other methods to circumvent the month-old internet blackout that the generals say is necessary for national security.

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