Thousands protest military takeover in Sudan

AFP , Tuesday 13 Sep 2022

Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets Tuesday to press demands for a return to civilian rule following a military takeover last year, AFP correspondents said.

Sudanese demonstrators
Sudanese anti-military protesters took to the street against last year s coup demanding an immediate transfer of power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. AP


Sudan has been rocked by waves of demonstrations since the armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan grabbed power in October.

The takeover upended a transition to civilian rule that was launched after the 2019 ouster of Omar al-Bashir, following three decades of authoritarianism.

Demonstrators at Tuesday's rally in the capital Khartoum called for the military to "go back to the barracks", according to AFP correspondents.

They also carried posters of some of the 116 people that pro-democracy medics say have been killed in a crackdown on the anti-military takeover protests.

Some bore a portrait of Burhan with a cross sign and a caption telling him to "leave".

In July, Burhan pledged in a televised address to step aside and make way for Sudanese factions to agree on a civilian government.

Civilian leaders dismissed the move as a "ruse", and pro-democracy protesters have maintained their rallying cry of "no negotiation, no partnership" with the military.

Economic hardship deepened in already impoverished Sudan following the military takeover which triggered cuts to crucial international aid.

Government employees, traders, labourers and medics among others have been increasingly critical of the rising cost of living and low wages.

In June, the UN said a record 15 million people in Sudan, around one-third of the population, were facing "acute food insecurity" and warned the situation was likely to get worse.

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