Sudan: Mass demonstrations in support of civilian rule

Asmaa Al-Hussaini (Cairo, Khartoum)

Amidst security preparedness and strict measures, mass demonstrations took place in Khartoum and the states of Sudan yesterday in support of civilian rule and democratic transformation, and demanding the handing over of the presidency of the Sovereign Council to civilians, the formation of the Legislative Council and the achievement of justice, on the anniversary of the October Revolution, which overthrew the rule of former Sudanese President Ibrahim Abboud. 1964.
The masses participating in the massive demonstrations chanted, demanding justice, and rejecting any coup or onslaught on transitional civilian rule.
Politicians, ministers and leaders of the Forces of Freedom and Change participated in the demonstrations, including Sovereign Council member Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khaled Omar Youssef, Minister of Industry Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Minister of Transport Mirghani Musa, head of the Sudanese Congress Party Omar al-Digir, and Yasser Arman, political advisor to the Prime Minister. And Wajdi Saleh, a member of the Empowerment Removal Committee.

The Sudanese army closed the roads leading to the headquarters of the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum, and witnesses said that the police fired tear gas, in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators in front of the parliament building in Omdurman.
Yesterday, a number of demonstrators were injured, including Sudanese journalist Ahmed Hamdan, who was shot in the head.
The Sudanese Professionals Association considered the attack on the peaceful processions in Omdurman in front of Parliament by the security forces as a step intended to provoke and push towards violence, and the gathering appealed to the demonstrators to adhere to peace.
The Sudanese Bar Association also condemned the use of violence against demonstrators by the security services in Omdurman.
Meanwhile, counter-crowds from the National Accord Forces Front, which split from the “Freedom and Change” forces, continued their sit-in in front of the Republican Palace, demanding the dissolution of the government, the formation of a government of national competencies, and the expansion of the base of political participation.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said in a tweet on Twitter: “Long live the glorious October memory, inspiring generations, and reminding them, generation after generation, of what the martyrs and their revolutionary companions came out with, in every revolution in our country, every October, and we are more committed to peace, democracy, freedom, peace and justice.” ».

While a member of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Malik Agar, stressed that the current crisis in Sudan needs wisdom, and calls for a review of morals and national conscience, and to defend the country’s issues from the reality of national responsibility, which is not tainted by private interest or personal whim, and can be resolved through the conduct of a clear responsible dialogue. and transparent between all components of the transitional government, building a partnership based on the slogans and principles of the revolution, adherence to the constitutional document, and implementation of the peace agreement.
Yasser Arman, political advisor to the Sudanese Prime Minister, told Al-Ittihad: The great millionaires in Khartoum and other states of Sudan send strong messages about the choices of the Sudanese people to the entire world.
For his part, Sudanese journalist writer Hassan Ahmed Al-Hassan confirmed to Al-Ittihad that the Sudanese people had spoken in the largest referendum in Sudan after the revolution, and there was no choice but to complete the transitional government institutions and adhere to the constitutional document or slip into chaos. Al-Wathiq Al-Barir, Secretary-General of the National Umma Party, said: The Sudanese revolution is facing a major conspiracy aimed at aborting it and impeding its course, and the Sudanese people came out united behind the banner and principles of the revolution, to support the democratic transformation, and to demand the completion of state institutions from the Legislative Council, justice institutions and national commissions, to achieve justice and support a just peace and comprehensive.
Ahmed Al-Singak, a leader in the “Unionist Party of Origin”, considered that the party’s masses came out to demand the handover of full and undiminished power to the civilian component.
He added: The remnants of the sit-in in front of the Republican Palace in Khartoum is a destructive chaos.

Calls for dialogue between the parties to the transitional government
Volker Peretz, head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, called for the resumption of dialogue between the parties to the transitional government, to preserve the achievements of the transitional period, while US Senators Jim Risch of the Republican Party and Chris Koons of the Democratic Party stressed that supporting the political and economic transition in Sudan Sudan is still a priority for America.
The two members indicated that Washington should continue to work with the Sudanese government and international partners to control “malign forces that seek to threaten the transitional process in Sudan.”
They said: “The patience of the Sudanese people and their determination to pursue the transitional process, which will lead to democratic elections, economic and security reforms, and accountability for the crimes committed by the former Bashir regime, is a source of inspiration to all those struggling for democracy around the world.”
They added, “America has been and continues to act resolutely as an ally of the Sudanese people, in addition to pledging one billion dollars in aid, helping to forgive debts, and removing Sudan from the list of terrorism.” Vicki Ford, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, affirmed her country’s unwavering support for the democratic transition in Sudan, and said in a tweet: The Sudanese people have made many sacrifices for peace, freedom and justice.

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