Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese protesters on Thursday poured into the streets of the capital, Khartoum, to pressurize the transitional military council to set up a civilian government.
The demonstrators were supporting a sit-in at the army headquarters in response to a call for a “million march” by opposition groups, according to a dpa reporter on the scene.
“I think the military council is trying to buy time … but its tactics are completely incorrect. We will not move from here until a civilian government is formed,” one protester, 30-year-old Tilal Awad, told dpa.
The call for renewed protests comes days after the transitional military council and opposition groups were unable to agree on the structure and tasks of a joint council they formed in late April to solve their disagreements following the ousting of long-time president Omar al-Bashir.
Thousands of Sudanese protesters demanding that the military hand over power to civilian rule have been staging a sit-in at the army headquarters in Khartoum since earlier this year.
Anti-government demonstrations began late last year with the call for al-Bashir to go. The protesters got their wish on April 11, when the military deposed and arrested him.
But participants say the new military rulers are a continuation of al-Bashir’s former regime and have clamoured for more concessions.