Sudan’s Secret Hit Squads Used to Attack Protests – BBC Africa Eye documentary

These are images the Sudanese government does
not want you to see… …teams of soldiers and secret agents chasing
down protestors in the streets of the capital, Khartoum… bagging them over the head… beating them… …and dragging them off to secret detention
centres where they are held without charge, and in some cases, tortured. Sudanese activists fear these hit squads. In this film, we’ll show you who they are… …how they operate… …and what happens inside the walls of buildings
like this. Sudan’s uprising began in December 2018. At first, people were protesting a hike in
fuel and food prices. But the demonstrations quickly turned into
a revolt against President Omar al Bashir. Crowds chanted slogans from the Arab Spring
revolutions of 2011 The government has responded with violence. Security forces have used live ammunition. According to human rights groups, they have
killed more than 50 of their own citizens. But they’re not just dispersing protests. Sudanese activists have recorded dozens of
videos that show the abduction of individual dissidents. We have now analysed more than 200 videos
from the uprising. In order to protect the people who filmed
them, we cannot share the exact locations at which they were recorded. But we can use them to show you the hit squads
in action. This is what they look like: teams of around
six men in white Toyota pickup trucks… …sometimes with the number plates removed
or covered up. Some are in military uniform. Others in plain clothes. Many are wearing masks and carrying weapons: from automatic rifles to crude lengths of plastic pipes used to beat protestors. So who are these masked, plainclothes agents? Sudanese activists describe them as low-ranking thugs in the pay of the National Security and Intelligence Services, or NISS. This video doesn’t look like much, but it’s
important because it corroborates that view. We see soldiers in military fatigues, policemen
in blue uniforms, and plainclothes agents all working together. The clip also captures six of the white pickup
trucks, and a building that is easily identified: the al-Kalakla police station in the south
of Khartoum. This evidence, in combination with the footage
of these men in action and the testimony of Sudanese activists, points towards the obvious
conclusion: the plainclothes agents are part of the government’s security forces. These squads have been deployed since December
to clear demonstrators from the streets. Here’s an example of one crew in action… …filmed by a group of demonstrators who kept their phone recording even as they came
under fire. The agents are working around this block,
clearing away protestors . Notice the plainclothes agent at the front… … and the man in red in the back. Around the same time, just around the corner,
someone else captured the same team in action. Here’s the man in red… and here’s what looks like the same lead agent, firing at protestors. But this is not just crowd control. These crews target one person… on the streets… or at home. The victims are beaten…. …dragged into the car… …and disappear. We do not know where all these people end up. But some of them, at least, are brought to
a secret holding facility here, just south of Asia hospital. How do we know this? On January 11, this photo was posted to social media. The post claims that the street contains a
detention centre run by state security. Since the 1990s, local activists have called
these places “Ghost Houses” because people disappear behind their walls and because when detainees are tortured, you can hear the screams. We confirmed that the photo was taken here. A second activist told us about a detention
centre in the same neighbourhood. When we asked him to show us the exact location,
he sent us this screenshot, which also places the Ghost House just south of Asia Hospital. The same source took these photos, which can
be located precisely. We have since spoken with eight different
witnesses who said they were detained in a building close to Asia Hospital. Five of these witnesses said that protestors
were beaten so badly that they could no longer walk. Some told us that people’s hands were broken
as they attempted to fend off the blows, and that the floor was covered in blood. But the Asia hospital Ghost House is not their
final destination. Two sources told us that this is just a holding
facility where detainees are interrogated and sorted. Many activists deemed to be a threat to the
regime are transferred to a larger detention centre here, just north of Khartoum’s Shandi bus terminal. We have no photos of this place. One witness told us that you cannot get anywhere
near this block with a phone or a camera. But we spoke to seven former detainees and asked them if they knew
exactly where they’d been taken. Using their phones, they marked up screenshots, identifying a row of four buildings as a torture centre
run by Sudanese security. One of our sources added a crucial detail
– an arrow pointing to The Fridge. Activist said that The Fridge is a series
of chilled holding cells in which the cold is used as an instrument of torture – an instrument
that leaves no marks on the body. We also spoke with a second person who had
been detained here. The Fridge is not new. We spoke with one dissident who was held in
a cold cell as far back as 2009. Activists who have been detained here also
describe being beaten, sleep deprived, and held in stress positions. We put these allegation to the Sudanese authorities. A government spokesperson denied the existence
of secret detention centres, and told us that nobody in the security services had ever heard
about The Fridge. He said that Sudanese law prohibits the beating
or torture of detainees, and that police are forbidden from pursuing protesters into narrow
streets or into their homes. He said the protests had not been approved,
and were therefore illegal. He also claimed the protesters were not peaceful,
that some had used firearms, and that the police had to defend themselves. On January 29th, Sudan’s security chief, Mr Salah
Ghosh, ordered the release of all detainees held during the recent protests. Some detainees – including people we are in
touch with – have been released since then. But many remain in detention. And other demonstrators are still being targeted. A week after Ghosh’s announcement, protesters
were back on the streets of Khartoum, calling for freedom. This man raised the Sudanese flag. He was still holding it ….even as he was
hauled away.

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  1. The US government won't do anything because it doesn't threaten the US dollar. When Muammar Gadaffi attempted to unite Africa and create an African currency more powerful than any in the world he was killed and labeled a war criminal because of it. A bunch of Africans killing each other is the least of their concern. Wake up my African brothers and sisters.

  2. Why can the BBC report on this disgrace, but not report on the disgrace happening to the young children in their own back yard.

  3. I came to search for about Sudan Civil Disobedience against their government. And i found this.

    21st century. And still we are in this.

  4. i know what they could do they can get police men and army men from country around sudan and tell them what is happening and fight for what is right they can give the old people guns to fight for ht is right and the killers of sudan will die and stop or the government can do something.

  5. Sometimes I question the creator when it comes to BLACK MEN in AMERICA &African countries
    There’s no safety for women and children
    They are run by selfishness and self gratification
    Lord we need your protection
    Break the generational curse that has been placed on ppl of color

  6. In time, the Sudanese civilians will arm up. The West will then call them Alqaeda, and the violence of the military regime will be overlooked. Another Syria.

  7. World : Sudan need our help, the citizen are being slaughtered.
    US : They are fine. Russia however, their citizen need our help to liberate them from the tyrannical government.

  8. Bring in our great American troops!! The UN has to step in 🙏& i pray the blood of jesus over Sudan 😇

  9. Those look like some kind of militant groups or terrorist fighters hired by the authorities to suppress and disappear people that protest . In such situations as this where foreign interference is warranted they simply turn a blind eye as the goal is not to restore order or protect peoples lives or human rights but greed for power , money and control , if theres nothing to gain the “ international community “ or the UN would sit by and watch atrocities and genocides being carried out in front of their noses as has happened so many times , to pull the wool over the publics eyes and save some face they set up a tribunal and prosecute offenders after the bloodbath has been committed , what a wonderful world we live in , and what even more wonderful leaders and decision makers we have , paradise on earth eh ?

  10. First arab countries been destroyed now they are after African countries.. These dajals people these yohodis these isrealis Americans indian hindus really hate us Muslims…. Allah please help us true Muslims and safe us from these jahanumis… Ameen..

  11. Forgive me when i say , I doubt everything the Bbc , cnn etc say , even if its %10 (thats how much truth is in all of their reporting) of rare truth. So ill definitely have to hear this from independent NEWS media.

  12. if you can sleep without Waring and wake up with peace and walk where ever you need without fearing explosion(Boom) that is real freedom what else you find is impossible to get in this world , if you continue this revolution you will be like other Muslim countries and Sudan will be come new refugee

  13. not our problem, that is until they come to our countries and bring their wars upon us as they have done in Australia for the last six years.


  15. The are backed by the wicked USA and Europe they use to could hide it but we're not falling for the BS that babalon is doing AMERIKKKA HAS A PLENTY OF BLOOD ON IT'S HANDS !!!!!!!!

  16. now you know why civilian guns ownership is very important ? you dont want to get kill just because diff opinion.

  17. Kill the protesters..US is supporting them…kill anybody who want to turn sudan into libya..more killing i support until nobody is on the streets

  18. The government was lucky because there was no weapon for the civilians then it will be like Libyan civil war

  19. Who ever edited this documentary, with the slow downs, close-ups, circling the importants areas to focus on, did an excellent job and should be teaching others how to do this.

  20. Where is UNO this fuckin organization was form to stop war in world, u please close ur organization cause ur organization seems gold digger 🙏🙄

  21. Michael Jackson once said "they are killing us for no reason,they dont care about us,when will this brutality end….?" He died with that question.
    Humans has turned to beasts & beasts to humans. No more humanity on earth.

  22. This makes no damn since why in the hell y'all continue to kill y'all on kind. smdh They need to stop that damn violence.

  23. everyone thinking previous president did it but he is not in chair anymore there is some other game running from dirty hand its not plan of Al bashir its something else note my commend you will understand after 5 years

  24. The European colonials left Africa in the 1960's. Africans rejoiced at plotting their own course in the world and the freedom from colonial rule to do so. Almost 60 years later, Africans have managed to slaughter each other in staggering proportions through civil war, dictatorships, famine induced by themselves, plague, etc., etc., etc. This is something that cannot be blamed on the Europeans, yet there are folks who still try to blame someone else for their own failures.

  25. Dear Sudanese brothers, do not kill one another anymore. Solders, wake up and put your guns down, you and your leaders have no hearts. How can you beat and tortures people who are asking for human rights. Don't worry you'll pay for everything you've done

  26. I don't know too much whats happening with sudans governement, but from what I just watched, it seems like these protestors initiated some of this violence. They are throwing what i'm gonna go ahead and assume is bricks, and rocks. Maybe lethal force wasn't necessary, but just saying if they never did that, they more than likely would have been alive today. I appreciate your coverage on this, and enlightening a young american on whats actually happening outside of my own country. I wish our media would cover this. I'm not declining that their rights are being infringed upon, I'm just saying violence won't solve anything. We live in a cycle of hatred, a cycle of redemption, achieving true peace will never exist. I would love to hear different opinions.

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