Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudan protesters move to protect Khartoum sit

Sudan protesters move to protect Khartoum sit

Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reportedly attempted on Monday to break up a sit-in staged by protesters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum.

The re-instatement of the country's 2005 constitution, which the military council suspended shortly after ousting Bashir.

Since then the head of the military council and of Sudan's powerful intelligence services have both been replaced, as protesters have continued to call for change.

Some members of the former government in Sudan have been arrested by the transitional military council which is now running the country, according to reports coming out of the country on Monday morning.

Below are their key demands, which the umbrella group Alliance for Freedom and Change says must to be met for the sit-in to end.

The foreign ministry said military council head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was "committed to having a complete civilian government" and urged other nations to back the council in order to achieve "the Sudanese goal of democratic transition".

"We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy", a member of the military council Lieutenant General Yasser al-Ata told several political parties, urging them to agree on the figures to sit in civilian government. But in a press conference, the council's spokesman did not respond to the protesters' latest demands.

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An interim military council said it would lead the country through a transition period of up to two years, but protesters have vowed to remain in the streets until a return to civilian government is guaranteed.

Protest leaders have called for the feared intelligence agency, whose chief Salah Gosh resigned on Saturday, to be restructured and for NISS officials to face prosecution. "The most potent form of leverage would be to go after the assets laundered by Bashir and his allies through the global financial system", Clooney wrote in a joint Washington Post column with rights activist John Prendergast.

Witnesses said the army displayed a banner on one of the walls of their building facing the protesters.

An end to the state of emergency Bashir imposed on February 22.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Khartoum, said the recent concessions by Sudan's military rulers had failed to win over protesters, many of whom remain distrustful of the higher echelons of the country's armed forces due to their historical links to al-Bashir's former administration.

"If our demand for the formation of a civilian transitional council with military representation is not met, we will not be part of the executive authority, the cabinet, and we will continue the mass escalation and the sit-ins to fulfill our demands", Rabie told Reuters. They demanded the dissolution of Bashir's National Congress Party and said they received affirmation from the TMC that the party will not participate in a transitional government being negotiated.

The confiscation of NCP properties.

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