Sudanese have defied the curfew imposed on Khartoum with massive demonstrations in front of the Army Headquarters following the announcement of taking of government by the military.
Not satisfied with the announcement of a two-year military transition regime, protesters in Sudan have again thronged the streets of Khartoum, demanding a transition to a civilian rule. They are set to hold Jumat Prayers in front of the Army HQ today.
Thousands of protesters have again gathered outside Central Khartoum dancing and shouting anti-Bashir slogans. This time, they are not asking for his removal, because he has already stepped down and placed under house arrest by the Sudanese military.
The Protesters said they did not bargain for a military led transition but a civilian government. They said they would not accept an administration led by military and security figures, or by Prsident Al-Bashir’s aides.
Speaking to journa;lists, one of the protesters identified as Ahmed Abbas, said: “If they don’t bring a civilian government representing the Sudanese people properly, our revolution will be incomplete and would not represent the hopes and dreams of the Sudanese people and for this reason we will continue to strike and we will stay at the square until all our legitimate demands are met.”
The ousted President Al-Bashir, had faced 16 weeks of demonstrations against his rule.
Making the all important announcement on Thursday, the Defence Minister Ahmed Awad and chairman of the new transitional council said Sudan would enter a two-year period of military rule to be followed by a presidential election.
Another protester,Samy Ahmed said: “We as a nation and the will of Sudan completely reject this change because they only transferred (power) from one chair to another chair, a change of one chair to another chair and they didn’t respond to our demands and the will of the people.”
Shortly after this announcement, tens of thousands of demonstrators stormed the streets of central Khartoum, their mood turning from celebration over Mr Al Bashir’s ouster to frustration at the announcement of the military-led transition.