Sudanese protest military takeover, deal that reinstated PM

AP , Monday 6 Dec 2021

Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets Monday in the capital of Khartoum and other cities in the latest protests against the October military takeover and subsequent deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

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Sudanese demonstrators lift national flags as they rally in the capital Khartoum, on December 6, 2021. AFP

Footage circulated on social media purportedly showed demonstrators marching in different locations in Khartoum and its sister city of Omdurman. There were also protests in other cities including Kassala, Sennar and Port Sudan.

The Sudanese military seized power Oct. 25, dissolving the transitional government and arresting dozens of officials and politicians. The takeover upended a fragile planned transition to democratic rule more than two years after a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government.

Hamdok was reinstated last month amid international pressure in a deal that calls for an independent technocratic Cabinet under military oversight. The agreement included the release of government officials and politicians detained since the military takeover and the formation of an independent technocratic Cabinet led by Hamdok.

The deal, however, was rejected by the pro-democracy movement, which insists on handing over power to a civilian government to lead the transition. The protests came under the slogan of: ``No negotiations, no compromise, no power-sharing`` with the military.

There were no immediate reports of violence against Monday's protests in unlike past rounds of demonstrations since the takeover. Security forces have cracked down on the protests killing at least 44 protesters and wounding hundreds, according the Sudan Doctors Committee, which tracks protester deaths.

Monday's protests were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association and the so-called Resistance Committees, which spearheaded the uprising against al-Bashir and then the military coup.

Among the protesters' demands are the restructuring of the military under civilian oversight, purging officers loyal to al-Bashir and disbanding armed groups including the Rapid Support Forces.

The Rapid Support Forces are a paramilitary unit notorious for atrocities during the Darfur war and a 2019 massacre of protesters in Khartoum. They are led by Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, who is also the deputy head of the ruling sovereign council.

Dagalo is seen as the co-architect of the takeover along with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling body.

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