Sudan’s military rulers have said a protest camp in the capital has become a threat to the country’s national security, while also ordering the office of the Al Jazeera Media Network in Khartoum to be shut down, without giving any reason.
In a televised statement, a spokesman of the transitional military council said on Thursday that legal action would be taken against what it called “unruly elements” at the encampment outside the defence ministry, where protesters have been staging a sit-in for weeks.
“The protest site has become unsafe and represents a danger to the revolution and the revolutionaries and threatens the coherence of the state and its national security,” said General Bahar Ahmed Bahar, head of the central region in Khartoum.
He said that a military vehicle used by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) had been attacked and seized near the encampment.
The site has become the central point of Sudan’s protest movement, which saw longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir overthrown last month and has since been demanding for the generals who replaced him to hand over power to a civilian-led administration.
#Sudan‘s TMC withdraws the license of Aljazeera Media network and bans it from operating in the country. https://t.co/jPBUCfmyIJ
— Hiba Morgan (@hiba_morgan) May 30, 2019
Separately, security officers informed Al Jazeera of the military council’s decision to close the network’s office in Khartoum.
The decision also included the withdrawal of the work permits for the correspondents and staff of the Qatar-based network with immediate effect.