Sudan's main protest group calls for civilian transitional council

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 15, 2019

In the footage, an officer is heard saying they came to open roads, "clean the area" and remove the barricades set up by the protesters to protect their gathering.

The more than 5,000 protesters led by the Sudan Professionals Association linked hands and formed a ring around the sit-in zone they have been occupying since last December.

The SPA issued its demands hours after protesters blocked an attempt to break up a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry that has continued despite Bashir's departure, a Reuters witness said.

"We hope that everyone will head immediately to the areas of the sit-in to protect your revolution and your accomplishments", the SPA said.

The sit-in outside the compound, which also includes the intelligence headquarters and the presidential residence, began on 6 April after more than three months of protests triggered by a deepening economic crisis.

On April 11, after almost four months of the popular uprising, a military takeover ended al-Bashir's 30-year authoritarian rule.

The AU echoed the protesters' demands, calling the military intervention a "coup d'Etat, which (the PSC) strongly condemns".

A 10-member delegation representing the protesters delivered their demands during talks with the council late on Saturday, according to a statement by the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group spearheading the rallies.

The foreign ministry urged the global community to back the military council "to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition".

Burhan has pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would face justice and that demonstrators detained under a state of emergency imposed by Bashir during his final weeks in power would be freed.

The deputy leader also told the USA envoy how the military council would "preserve the security and stability of the country".

"For us in the SPA, in the first stage, the transitional government stage, we will play a role in the restoration of the civil service and state institutions and establishing a democratic state", said Gamaria Omar, an SPA member.

Himeidti is the head of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary anti-insurgency force with its origins in the Janjaweed militias of the Darfur conflict.

The confiscation of NCP properties.

Talks between protest leaders and Sudan's new rulers were followed on Sunday by a meeting between Washington's top envoy to Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, and the military council's deputy.

On Saturday, the military council's new chief General Burhan vowed to dismantle Bashir's regime, lifting a night-time curfew with immediate effect.

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