Sudanese activist and filmmaker Hajooj Kuka says he was held for three weeks in a secret detention center known as Al Talaja, or the “Refrigerator," where sub-zero temperatures are allegedly used to torment prisoners.
Speaking to CNN after news of the military coup broke, Kuka said he was excited to hear that Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which has waged a brutal crackdown on dissent, had nearly collapsed.
"One thing we’re excited about is the national intelligence service, which was the main service oppressing and killing people, almost collapsed ... It's not as strong an institution as it was," Kuka said.
A CNN investigation released on Monday revealed details of the indiscriminate violence that has become synonymous with Sudan’s security forces, including torture techniques deployed at detention sites like Al Talaja.
Kuka said protesters were still out in force and demonstrations would continue until the military had handed over power to the people.
"The crowds are huge. We’re expecting a good number of people to stay and for the protests to continue for the next few days," Kuka told CNN.