Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Khartoum on Saturday, October 16, in front of the presidential palace where the transitional authorities are located. From all over the country, they responded to the call from a dissident faction within the forces for freedom and change.
as reported from Khartoum, Eliott Brachet
Mobilization is led by two former rebel leaders, including Islamist and current finance minister Gibril Ibrahim. Protesters demand the fall of Abdalla Hamdok’s government.
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“Return of the military” and “neutral technocrats” On the streets of Khartoum, many protesters, including supporters of the ousted regime of Omar al-Bashir, demanded that power be returned to the military altogether. In the crowd, the message is quite clear: “We do not want civilians, but the return of soldiers”.
Some do not even hide their membership in the ousted President Omar al-Bashir’s party: “I sincerely and proudly confirm my membership in the Islamist movement. We have gone back in all areas: safety, health. We want the fall of this government and the alternative is the military. ”
These protesters immediately ask the army chief, General al-Burhan, to protect the people and give them bread. No running water, no petrol for the buses, no doctors, drugs, education or gas. Our problem is not politics, it is the economic crisis “, protests Ikhlass, who comes from Zalengi, in Darfur.
Buses and pick-ups are rising by protesters. Many have traveled from the eastern part of the country where blockades have been going on for a month. For this tribal leader, there is only one solution: “We do not want a dictatorship. We want the army to temporarily regain power and hand it over to neutral technocrats until the election to respect the voice of the people. ”
Fear of a counter-revolution In the evening, protesters begin to sit in front of the presidential palace. Tents are set up. They will not move as long as Hamdok stays in place, they say.
For the opposing camp, which supports the civilian government, this coup is a sign that the counter-revolution is underway. Abdalla Hamdok gave a charity speech on Friday 15 October. The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to continue the democratic transition and to “not give in to attempts to interrupt the transition period through coups or sabotage”.
The resistance committees as well as many groups of militants, the leaders of the revolution against Omar al-Bashir, announced large demonstrations next Thursday, October 21, to support the government.
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