Thousands on Sudan streets to demand end to military rule

AFP , Sunday 30 Oct 2022

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the Sudanese capital on Sunday demanding a return to civilian rule, AFP correspondents said.

Thousands on Sudan streets to demand end to military rule
Sudanese demonstrators rally to protest the United Nations mediation, in front of the UN headquarters in the Manshiya district of the capital Khartoum, on October 29, 2022.


Thousands of youths marched on to the presidential palace in central Khartoum, waving Sudanese flags. 

Demonstrators chanted against military rule and erected barricades in North Khartoum and Omdurman, an AFP correspondent said.

In the eastern city of Kassala, some "800 young men and women" came out to demand civilian rule, eyewitness Hussein Mohamed Shahed told AFP.

Protesters chanted, "soldiers go back to the barracks", a regular rallying cry in near-weekly protests since last year's military takeover toppled civilian leaders.

On October 25, 2021, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power, derailing a transition to civilian rule that had started with the 2019 ouster of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Protests were reignited last week on the first anniversary of the power grab, when thousands marched across Sudan, demanding an end to the political and economic crisis that has gripped the country.

According to medics' tally, 119 people have been killed while protesting against military takeover the past year.

The military takeover comes at a time when the country, already one of the world's poorest, battles three-digit inflation and chronic food shortages.

*This article was edited by Ahram Online

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