Activists say Sudan's military attempted to break up sit

Mohamed At

Mohamed At

Protester Nourhan Mostafa said the sit-in will continue until "the demands the Sudanese revolution are met".

The protesters are demanding that a civilian government be installed immediately.

Some of the most prominent SPA leaders, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s and were detained until after Bashir's ouster, spoke at the news conference. The SPA also called on the worldwide community to support civilian rule.

The ambassador reiterated the UK's desire for the "swift formation of a civilian transitional government through a transparent, credible and inclusive process", already expressed in a statement by the Troika countries - the United Kingdom, the Unites States and Norway - on Sunday.

Demonstrators, however, have refused to end their sit-in, calling for the transfer of power to a civilian government.

"Transparency" was also necessary to build this confidence, Siddiq said, explaining it was necessary for the military council to clarify the whereabouts of Bashir and "other senior former regime figures". It said a civilian authority should hold elections "as quickly as possible".

"Afterwards, the SPA will be comprised of unions, and will be a guardian of democracy in Sudan", she added.

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Tens of thousands of people have massed non-stop outside the army headquarters since April 6, initially to urge the military to back their demand that Bashir be removed.

The more than 5,000 protesters led by the Sudan Professionals Association linked hands and formed a ring around the sit-in zone they have been occupying since last December.

Some drummed and waved national flags as they mingled in the street, while others took shelter from the sun under parasols and makeshift tents. "We appeal to everyone to head to the area to protect your revolution and gains". In the latest shake-up, Burhan on Monday named Lieutenant General Hashim Abdelmotalib as the army's chief of staff.

"Himeidti was part of the crimes that happened previously, but at least now he is on the side of the people", said Mohamed, a protester outside the army headquarters who gave only his first name for security reasons.

The umbrella organisation, which spearheaded the months of protests that precipitated al-Bashir's removal, also demanded the sacking of Sudan's prosecutor general and judiciary head, as well as the disbanding of the former president's National Congress Party (NCP).

Siddiq said on Twitter he had also requested the reform of the NISS and the release of detainees, as well as the cancellation of all bureaucracy and permits for delivering humanitarian aid. The military council's deputy Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which rights groups have accused of abuses in Darfur.

Hemedti has also met with other Western diplomats, including the USA chargé d'affaires and Dutch ambassador to Sudan.

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