Sudan engulfed in massive anti-coup protests

On the third anniversary of a popular uprising, Sudanese have joined mass protests against the military takeover.

Hundreds of thousands marched in Khartoum’s capital, prompting security forces to use tear gas.

Protests in 2019 resulted in the overthrow of Sudan’s long-serving authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir.

Civilian and military leaders then reached an uneasy power-sharing agreement, which lasted until the October coup.

After being placed under house arrest during the military takeover, the country’s ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was reinstated last month.

The move, notwithstanding, has not stalled protests in the country, where demonstrators have been asking for entirely civilian political leadership.

However, the move has not stopped protests in the country, where demonstrators have been calling for entirely civilian political leadership.

Protesters marched on Sunday towards Khartoum’s presidential palace, which is home to coup leader Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chanting, “The people are stronger, and retreat is impossible.”

They also demanded Gen. Burhan’s “death.”

Protests were also taking place in a number of other cities across the country.

Demonstrators could be seen waving the Sudanese flag and carrying images of those killed during the uprising and successive protests.

According to the independent Doctors’ Committee, at least 45 people have been killed in crackdowns on protesters since the October takeover.

According to the fractious power-sharing agreement reached in 2019, Gen Burhan was supposed to step down as head of state last month, handing over to a civilian.

He has defended the coup, claiming that the army intervened to prevent a civil war from erupting as a result of political groups inciting civilians against security forces.

Sudan, he says, remains committed to the transition to civilian rule, with elections scheduled for July 2023.

According to the agreement reached with Mr. Hamdok last month, the reinstated prime minister will lead a technocratic cabinet until elections are held. However, because the new civilian government will be subject to military oversight, it is unclear how much power it will have.

Protesters do not trust the military and have rejected any form of power-sharing agreement.

Source BBC
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