KhartoumI am still beautiful, free, perfect, respected, precious, loved, brave, great, inspiring, strong. This is how Sitti repulsed Ahmed Bakr from people about herself when she was holding a sign with these words during one of the processions, and she was not absent from any of the demonstrations that came out recently to seek justice and retribution for those who fell during the revolution against the regime of Omar al-Bashir at the end of 2018 and until the fall of the regime on 11 April 2019.
But “Sitna” – as its owners like to call it – was assassinated with a direct bullet in the face last Wednesday, while participating in demonstrations in Khartoum North, angry at the decisions of the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, which he took on October 25, according to which the government of Abdullah Hamdok was imposed and imposed state of emergency in the country.
The 25-year-old graduated from the Faculty of Nursing at Al-Neelain University has become an inspiration to hundreds of Sudanese, after she remained one of the pillars of peaceful resistance and a symbol of field work and a source of enthusiasm among the demonstrators, especially during the sit-in of the General Command in 2019, where she worked to provide emergency services and medical aid And after the last proof procedures, a procession of the revolutionaries’ demands did not lack its presence, so it was known among the thousands of demonstrators with its distinctive face and fervent enthusiasm.
Minutes after the internet service was restored to mobile phones on Wednesday afternoon, the doctor’s image dominated social media, and hundreds of friends and acquaintances mourned her. Activists also broadcast a shocking video of the moment she was shot while standing with a group of demonstrators in a spacious square in Khartoum North, while the forces of Military firing from a distance.
According to the (non-governmental) Central Doctors Committee, 15 protesters were shot dead during Wednesday’s protests, which were described as the bloodiest since last October 25, and at least 100 others were wounded to varying degrees, some of them seriously.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, also spoke about the killing of at least 39 people at the hands of the Sudanese security forces since the events of last October 25.
Bachelet said – in a statement Thursday – that among them, 15 people were shot dead Wednesday during the protests that erupted in Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman.
But the Director-General of the Police Forces, Lieutenant-General Khaled Mahdi Ibrahim, strongly denied – during a press conference on Thursday – the use of bullets against demonstrators.
Ibrahim said that the police do not use firearms, but rather legal equipment known globally, such as tear gas and riot dispersal equipment, and that investigations and investigations are underway to find out who is shooting, before questioning the numbers being circulated about the number of dead, saying that official records spoke of a dead person. One in an incident unrelated to the recent protests.
However, the facts on the ground and many medical reports revealed the killing of at least 6 protesters in Khartoum North only, and activists also circulated pictures of unidentified victims and launched calls for those who recognize them.
And the activist in the Resistance Committees in Khartoum Bahri, Muhammad Abdullah, confirms that the pavilions installed in many Bahri neighborhoods expose the error of the police’s story, telling Al Jazeera Net, “The mourning of a young man is held in the Dangola neighborhood, steps away from a main police station, in addition to others who fell in Umm Dorman and Khartoum, as denial does not make sense.
He also points out that “the forces in police uniforms were chasing the demonstrators inside the neighborhoods, preventing them from treating the injured, in addition to their excessive unjustified violence against the youth, despite their peacefulness and their bare chests,” he says.
Journalist and blogger Nassef Salah El-Din quotes a military source as confirming, “The participation of various formations of the regular forces in dispersing the protests against the decisions of Al-Burhan, including the police, the Rapid Support and the army, along with forces affiliated with the Tamazuj movement supported by the Commander of Rapid Support, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.”
Salah El-Din indicates to Al-Jazeera Net, that members of the Tamazuj movement were on white SUVs, and they fired random bullets on the morning of Al-Burhan’s decisions, according to what military sources told him.
He also mentioned that Rapid Support Forces intercepted the convoy of protesters in Al-Saliha in Omdurman during the ongoing November 13 protests, and added that most of the forces that fired during the November 13 and 17 convoys were wearing police uniforms, but it is unlikely that they were all from the police.
Salah El-Din relies on a statement he obtained, which he said was included in the investigation report with Major General Al-Sadiq Sayed, the training officer in the Rapid Support Forces, when interrogating him in the incidents of dispersing the sit-in of the General Command in 2019, where he said that his role was limited to the day before the massacre in handing over a uniform. Police for the Rapid Support Forces in the righteous camp.
Jurist Lieutenant-General Idris Suleiman Idris, head of the Services and Guidance Authority of the Police Forces, believes – during a press conference on Thursday – that the police have the right to use some regular forces, and that the police apply the Code of Criminal Procedure that allows them to address the riots.
For its part, the Darfur Bar Association has begun investigating and investigating violations committed since October 25, and said in a Friday statement that it will announce the results of its investigations within two weeks, and the investigation and investigation includes any relevant events that may occur during the investigation and investigation period.