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Thousands of demonstrators chanted this Thursday “No to military power”, demanding a real change in Sudan where an agreement has just reinstalled the civilian Prime Minister while strengthening the control of the army after its putsch of October 25.

At the end of this day of mobilization, a “test” according to the UN for the power which is trying to regain the good graces of the international community, the demonstrators dispersed peacefully in Khartoum and elsewhere.

The only incidents for which no serious injuries were recorded: security forces fired tear gas canisters at demonstrators in the suburbs of Khartoum, as well as in the center and west of the country, witnesses said.

The Prime Minister back in office

On Sunday, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, author of the coup, apparently satisfied the demands of the international community by allowing Abdallah Hamdok, ousted by the military on the day of the coup, to return to his post.

But the street says it does not want a civilian prime minister who according to it is completely subservient to the generals, whose repression since the coup has already left 42 dead and hundreds injured among the demonstrators, according to a doctors’ union pro-democracy.

“We don’t want soldiers in politics”

“I am demonstrating against the agreement between Burhane and Hamdok because it blocks the road to a solely civilian government while we do not want soldiers in politics,” Souheir Hamadennil, a protester in Khartoum, told AFP. .

For Sedig al-Zoubair, who is also parading in the capital, this agreement is nothing less than “a stab in the back of the revolution” of 2019 which had forced the army to put an end to 30 years of dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir.

“Claiming justice” for the dead

Qoussai Majdi, 19, says he is there to “demand justice for all those who have been killed since the coup d’état of Burhane and Hemedti”, the nickname given to General Mohammed Hamdane Daglo, head of the much feared Forces de rapid support, a paramilitary group made up of former militiamen accused of “ethnic cleansing” in Darfur, now number two in the transitional authorities.

For several days, activists have been calling for Thursday – which marks one month to the day since the putsch – “martyrs’ day” with new demonstrations against the military and Abdallah Hamdok whom they accuse of “treason”.

Protests across the country

“The people have chosen the civilians,” chanted the crowd in Khartoum, as well as in Darfur (west), North Kordofan (center), Kessala (east) and Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, reported AFP correspondents.

In the northern suburbs of the capital, the demonstrators chanted “Burhane, you disgusting, it is the Islamists who put you forward”, while the demonstrators accuse General Burhane of being linked to supporters of the old regime , a military-Islamist dictatorship.

Apply for a new plan, as in 2019

As in 2019 in Sudan and in 2011 in various Arab countries, demonstrators shouted again Thursday in the streets of Khartoum and its suburbs “The people want the fall of the regime”.

Around, loudspeakers sputtered songs heard during the “revolution” of 2019 which had more than 250 deaths whose relatives still await justice.

A test for power

While the international community and human rights defenders have continued to denounce a crackdown carried out with live ammunition, Volker Perthes, the UN envoy to Sudan, called on Wednesday to avoid “the bloodshed and arbitrary arrests ”.

These new parades, he added, are a “test” for Khartoum, where much of the international aid is still suspended, as well as its activities within the African Union.

In anticipation of the mobilization, Abdallah Hamdok had met with senior police officers. His call for restraint seems to have been heard.

A return to office criticized for Abdallah Hamdok

Returned to his post, the man who has yet to promise to relaunch a transition to democracy which has been on the wane for months with General Burhane, who has renamed himself as head of the transitional authorities after the coup d ‘State – which he calls a “rectification of the course of the revolution”.

One of the spearheads of the anti-Bashir revolt, the Association of Sudanese Professionals, denounced a “political suicide” of Abdallah Hamdok while 12 of his 17 ministers supporting civil power announced that they had resigned in sign of disagreement on his return to Burhane.

In an interview with local media on Wednesday, Abdallah Hamdok said he had acted to “stop the bloodshed” and “not lose the gains of the past two years” since the end of the Bashir dictatorship.

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