Oct 22, 2021 09:13 UTC
  • Thousands of Sudanese protesters want military out, demand civilian rule

Huge crowds of people have marched in different parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities in demonstrations to reject military rule as the ongoing political turmoil deepens across the African country.

Tens of thousands of supporters of Sudan's transition to a civilian-led democracy on Thursday joined the march across Sudan, including Khartoum and its twin city of Khartoum Bahri, Omdurman, Port Sudan in the east, and Atbara to the north.

According to Press TV, many businesses in central Khartoum were closed in anticipation of the protest and there was an extensive police presence around flash points.

Plumes of smoke could be seen across the city as protesters burned tires and waved Sudanese flags.

Several government ministers and officials were seen marching in different parts of Khartoum.

"October 21 is a lesson for any tyrants, loyalists, or opportunists deluded into thinking they can turn back the hands of time," wrote Sovereign Council member Siddig Tawer, one of several civilian officials who endorsed the protests.

In the city of Omdurman, protesters were met with heavy tear gas to prevent them from crossing a bridge leading to central Khartoum.

Banners proclaimed "Civilian (rule) is the people's choice", while the marchers chanted slogans against the military.

"Give up power, (Abdel Fattah) al-Burhan," they chanted in reference to the general who chairs the Sovereign Council, the so-called joint civilian-military body overseeing the transitional administration.

Many chants were critical of al-Burhan, accusing him of being loyal to former ousted regime of Omar al-Bashir. Some demanded he hand over leadership to civilians and others demanded his removal.