Protesters in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman in Sudan held simultaneous demonstrations, with some activists demanding the government transition to civilian rule, and others demanding a return to military rule on Thursday. Across the country, from Khartoum to North Kordofan, protests and marches were conducted in support of the democratic transition.
The two sides represent opposing factions. The mainstream faction backs the transition to civilian rule, while supporters of the breakaway faction are demanding the military take over.
The Forces for Freedom and Change is a civilian umbrella group behind the nationwide demonstrations that led to the army’s overthrow of long time president Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
The protesters rallying in Khartoum are demanding the dissolution of Sudan’s post-dictatorship interim government, saying it has “failed” them politically and economically.
Participants in pro-military anti government demo in Khartoum scrambled for the free meals promised by the organisers of the demonstration.
Many chants were critical of the head of the ruling Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, accusing him of being loyal to Bashir. Some demanded he hand over leadership to civilians, and others demanded his removal. “This country is ours, and our government is civilian,” one chant said.
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