KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of students demonstrating against the ruling military council at a financial academy in the heart of Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Thursday, a Reuters witness said.
A Sudanese demonstrator, seeking to revive a push for civilian rule in ongoing tumult since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir more than two months ago, makes a victory sign during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Dozens of lawyers also gathered outside the main courthouse complex in Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city, calling for civilian rule and for people to join mass demonstrations planned for Sunday. They chanted: “Freedom, peace, and justice. Civilian (rule) is the people’s choice.”
Demonstrations in Khartoum have become rare since security forces broke up a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry on June 3, leaving more than 100 people dead, according to medical sources.
The sit-in had become the focal point of protests against former president Omar al-Bashir and the military council that ousted him on April 11.
Its dispersal caused the collapse of stalled talks between the military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups over how to manage a transition towards elections.
Mediators led by Ethiopia’s prime minister and the African Union have since been trying to broker a return to direct talks between the two sides.