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Protesters hit Sudan streets to demand reforms, justice

In Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, demonstrators draped in the Sudanese flag carried banners that read: "Retribution and peace

AFP , Tuesday 30 Jun 2020
Sudanese demonstrators lift a banner which reads "June 30
Sudanese demonstrators lift a banner which reads "June 30's million-strong protest to put the revolution back on course" during a protest on Sixty street in the east of the capital Khartoum, on June 30, 2020. (AFP)
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Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets Tuesday calling for reforms and demanding justice for those killed in anti-government demonstrations that ousted president Omar al-Bashir last year.

The protests in several cities and the capital Khartoum went ahead with security forces deployed in force and despite a tight curfew since April designed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

"Our demands are peace... and justice. We call for economic reform and appointment of civilian governors to states," said a protester in Burri, east of Khartoum.

"This march is to put the revolution back on course, not to overthrow the government."

Many chanted the catchphrase of anti-Bashir protests: "Freedom, peace and justice."

In Dongola, north of the capital, hundreds carried banners demanding "retribution" for demonstrators killed in clashes with security forces last year.

Similarly, in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, demonstrators drapped in the Sudanese flag carried banners that read: "Retribution and peace."

Protesters also gathered in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman and Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur.

At least 246 were killed and hundreds others wounded during the 2018-19 anti-government protests, according to doctors linked to Sudan's protest movement.

Bashir was ousted  in April 2019 following months-long mass protests against his 30-year rule, in an uprising triggered by economic hardship.

Sudan has since August been led by a civilian-majority administration presiding over a three-year transitional period.

The country is reeling from economic woes, largely blamed on Bashir-era policies.

Since his ouster, the former strongman has been detained and he was handed a two-year prison sentence on corruption charges in December.

Bashir is also been wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur conflict.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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