Thousands gather in Sudan’s Khartoum to protest


Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets on Saturday demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, saying it had failed them financially and politically.

The protests come as Sudan’s political scene rolls from divisions among factions that rule the country through a rocky transition following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 following mass protests against his rule.

Saturday’s demonstrations were organized by a divided faction of the forces for freedom and change, a civilian alliance that led the protests against Bashir and became an important part of the transition.

“We need a military government, the current government has failed to give us justice and equality,” said Abboud Ahmed, a 50-year-old protester near the presidential palace in central Khartoum.

Critics of Saturday’s protests claimed that the demonstrations were carried out by members of the military and security forces and involved sympathizers with the former regime.

Protesters carried banners calling for the “dissolution of the government”, while others sang “an army, a people” and “the army will give us bread”.

“We are marching in a peaceful protest and we want a military government,” said Housewife Enaam Mohamed in central Khartoum.

On Friday, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok warned that the transition was facing “the worst and most dangerous” crisis.

Support for the transitional government has declined in recent months, mainly following a strong flow of IMF-backed economic reforms.

It reduced subsidies on petrol and diesel and introduced a managed currency flow, measures that ordinary Sudanese consider too harsh.

The government has also been subjected to protests in eastern Sudan where protesters have blocked trade through a crucial port on the Red Sea since mid-September.

On September 21, the government said it was preventing a coup attempt it blamed on military officials and civilians linked to Bashir’s government.


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