Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

Thousands protest against transitional government in Sudan

Published on: 22 October, 2021
Sudanese protesters in Khartoum [Al Jazeera]

Sudanese protesters in Khartoum [Al Jazeera]

On Thursday thousands of supporters of Sudanese protested in the streets of Khartoum and other cities. The protesters called for the formation of a civilian government.

The protests this week were organised by opposing factions from the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), a civilian umbrella organisation. The protesters blame Prime Minister Hamdok’s government for the deterioration of economic conditions in Sudan.

Although both sides have called for the supporters to desist from violence, nearly 400 people were injured in the protests. Witnesses said protesters were heavily tear gassed by Sudanese security forces.

Many believe that the aims of the 2019 revolution have not yet been achieved. The government of former President Omar Al Bashir, described as one of the world’s most brutal dictatorship’,  was ousted in 2019 in a nonviolent civil insurrection.

Hamdok has called for dialogue and said ‘there will be no backing down from the revolution.’

Some of the protestors have urged General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who chairs the Sovereign Council, to take over from Hamdok.

According to Al Jazeera critics have alleged that the protests at the palace are being driven by members of the military and security forces, and involve counter-revolutionary al-Bashir sympathisers.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Public Liberties, Ibrahim Al Amin, a leader of the National Umma party said: ‘In the coming 24 hours we hope to reach a formula to stop the conflict. We are currently continuing with the mediation between different factions.’