Sudan forces move to disperse Khartoum sit-in, protesters vow to remain

Lester Mason
Апреля 16, 2019

Sudanese protest organisers on Monday demanded the new military council be scrapped, as demonstrators kept up calls for a civilian government at a sit-in outside army headquarters.

Outside the Defense Ministry on Monday, the protesters, numbering about 5,000 in the morning with more arriving, chanted "Freedom, freedom" and "Revolution, revolution", and appealed to the army to protect them.

"If our demand for the formation of a civilian transitional council with military representation is not met, we will not be part of the executive authority, the cabinet, and we will continue the mass escalation and the sit-ins to fulfill our demands", Rabie told Reuters.

"We call on our people to come immediately to the sit-in area to protect our revolution", the SPA said in a statement, without saying who was responsible.

The protest outside the compound, which also includes the intelligence headquarters and the presidential residence, began on April 6, after more than three months of protests triggered by a deepening economic crisis.

During the meeting, Daqlo briefed the USA envoy on developments in Sudan and the reasons behind the formation of the transitional military council, the council said in a statement.

A military council that took over promised on Sunday would not forcefully break up the sit-in.

"We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy", a council member, Lieutenant General Yasser al-Ata, told members of several political parties.

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A 10-member delegation representing the protesters had delivered a list of demands during talks with the council late on Saturday, according to a statement by the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group.

In a joint statement by their embassies on Sunday, they warned against any use of violence to break up the protests, and said the "legitimate change" the Sudanese people demanded had not taken place.

Widad Babiker Omer left Sudan for Juba, the capital of neighbouring South Sudan, with her children on 10 April, on the eve of the military coup in Khartoum, Masrawy reported on Monday.

Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which rights groups have accused of abuses in the war-torn Darfur region.

"For us in the SPA, in the first stage, the transitional government stage, we will play a role in the restoration of the civil service and state institutions and establishing a democratic state", said Gamaria Omar, an SPA member.

Burhan has pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would be held to account and that demonstrators detained under a state of emergency imposed by the president during his final weeks in power would be freed.

Speaking for the first time since the removal of Bashir, 75, last Thursday, representatives of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) said they would not co-operate with the ruling council unless their demands were met. Demonstrators fear that the army, dominated by al-Bashir appointees, will cling to power or select one of its own to succeed him.

There has been no mention of the reasons why they were picked up and who exactly had been arrested.

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