May 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Thousands protest in Sudan against military rule

Thousands of Sudanese protesters rallied on Monday to demand civilian rule and demand justice for those killed in raids since a military coup nearly three months ago, an AFP correspondent said.

Crowds in In contrast, in the capital Khartoum, slogans were chanted as the army advanced towards the presidential palace, an area that security forces cordoned off before the march.

Protests also took place in cities like Wad Madani south of the capital and in the eastern state of Gedaref . according to witnesses.

“No, no to military rule” and “civilian (rule) is the choice of the people,” protesters shouted in Wad Madani, according to witness Emad Mohamed.

Sudan will has been rocked by regular protests since the military takeover led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25.

The coup thwarted a civil-military power-sharing agreement that followed the ousting of autocrat Omar in In 2019, al-Bashir and a planned transition to civilian rule had been laboriously negotiated.

Anti-coup demo According to medical experts, at least 73 people were killed and hundreds injured in the demonstrations.

The Sudanese authorities have repeatedly denied using live ammunition against protesters and insist dozens of security forces were injured during protests.

A police general was stabbed to death during the unrest earlier this month.

Last Last week, senior US diplomats visited Sudan to support UN-led efforts to persuade the military to restore a transition to Sudan with full civilian rule.

UN Envoy Volker Perthes kicked off the beginning held one-on-one talks this month with various Sudanese factions to resolve the crisis.

The ruling Sovereign Council – formed by Burhan in the wake of the coup, with himself as chairman – has welcomed the UN-led dialogue as has the United United States, Britain, neighboring Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The Forces for Freedom and Change, Sudan’s main civilian bloc, also participated in consultations “to restore the democratic tradition” .

Hundreds of pro-democracy activists were also arrested in the crackdown on anti-coup activists.

On Saturday, a leader Young women’s rights activist, Amira Othman, arrested after security forces raided her home in Khartoum, according to a statement from the No to Women’s Oppression initiative she leads. seriously risking reducing their political involvement in Sudan.”