Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Thousands rally in Sudan’s capital demanding civilian rule

CAIRO (AP) – Thousands of people took to the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday, demanding a fully civilian government. Relations between military generals and Sudanese pro-democracy groups have deteriorated in recent weeks over the country’s future.

As the number of people increased in separate marches during the day, protest organizers said security forces attacked a group of demonstrators outside the parliament building. Government and police officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Since 2019, Sudan has been ruled by an interim civil-military government. In April of that year, the military overthrew longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir after four months of massive protests against his rule. Following the ouster of al-Bashir, the ruling generals agreed to share power with civilians representing the protest movement.

The consequences were volatile. Thursday’s rallies will take place after a rival group rallied in support of the military leadership.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has called for mass rallies across the country, said Thursday evening in a statement that security forces attacked protesters outside the country’s parliament headquarters. They did not specify the nature of the attack. The statement asked the protesters to remain peaceful, but not to leave the streets until the transfer of power.

“Let us celebrate with our protests a new wave of popular uprising that will pave the way for fully civil and democratic rule,” said an earlier statement from the group that led the uprising that began in December 2018 and culminated in the uprising of al-Bashir. dismissal.

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Thousands of men and women marched through the capital on Thursday waving the Sudanese flag and chanting, “We are free! We are revolutionaries! We will continue our journey! “

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Tensions between civilians and generals in the transitional government have escalated after Sudan’s interim authorities said they thwarted an attempted coup d’état in the military last month. Officials blamed al-Bashir’s supporters for the move. The announcement also sparked fears among civilians that the military could ultimately obstruct the country’s transition to civilian democratic rule.

The military leadership also signaled a change in course. General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereign Council, said that the dissolution of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s government could resolve the ongoing political crisis. Hamdock responded last week by addressing the public in a televised address in which he outlined a series of measures he said would help expedite the transfer of power to a fully elected civilian government. These included repeated calls for groups of different views to work together, and to uphold the country’s transitional constitution and judiciary.

Thursday’s rallies will take place days after rivals protest in support of the ruling generals.

On Saturday, thousands of Sudanese took to the streets of Khartoum to demand the overthrow of the Hamdok government and the establishment of military rule. Since then, hundreds of them have camped outside the Palace of the Republic, the seat of the State Council.

In a tweet on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged Sudanese to exercise their right to assembly peacefully and without violence.

Thursday’s rallies also coincide with the 57th anniversary of the uprising in Sudan that ended the military rule of General Ibrahim Abboud in 1964 and paved the way for a constitutional government.

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