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Sudan protesters continue sit-in, demand civilian rule

Sudan protesters continue sit-in, demand civilian rule”

There were no clashes and no one was hurt but the incident triggered concerns that the military, which last week ousted Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's longtime president, after four months of street protests against his rule, could renege on its promises not to use force against the peaceful demonstrators.

Protesters said they had joined hands and formed a ring around the sit-in area after troops had gathered on three sides and tractors were preparing to remove stone and metal barricades.

The protesters, numbering about 5,000 with more arriving, chanted "Freedom, freedom" and "Revolution, revolution", and appealed to the army to protect them, Reuters reported.

On April 11, after almost four months of the popular uprising, a military takeover ended al-Bashir's 30-year authoritarian rule.

The organisation that spearheaded the protests against Bashir, the Sudanese Professionals Association, called on the council "to immediately transfer power to a civilian government". It has also called on the opposition to pick the next prime minister.

"We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy", a council member, Lt. Gen. Yasser Al-Ata, told members of several political parties.

Organizers behind Sudanese anti-government protests say the military attempted to break up their sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum on Monday, but backed off.

The deputy leader also told the United States envoy how the military council would "preserve the security and stability of the country".

During the meeting, Daqlo briefed the US envoy on developments in Sudan and the reasons behind the formation of the transitional military council, the council said in a statement.

On Saturday, the military council's new chief General Burhan vowed to dismantle Bashir's regime, lifting a night-time curfew with immediate effect.

Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which rights groups have accused of abuses in the war-torn Darfur region.

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.

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.

He also pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would face justice and that protesters detained under a state of emergency imposed by Bashir during his final weeks in power would be freed.

The confiscation of NCP properties.



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