Sudanese CP, Million Strong March Demand Immediate Civilian Rule
26 April 2019
- Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Khartoum demanding an end to military rule. Among them many had travelled from across the country to take part in the march for civilian rule.
- For the first time a group of Judges, over a hundred, in their official black robes participated in the march, demanding the return to civilian rule and an independent judiciary.
- The massive march was called by the Freedom and Change Alliance, after forcing the resignation of three controversial figures from the ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC). A fourth controversial figure is remaining in the MTC; the deputy leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the commander of the Janjaweed militia who are accused of genocide during the Darfour civil war which began in 2003.The four generals are known as staunch supporters of the ousted Albashir and have strong links with the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
- The Political Bureau of the Sudanese Communist Party issued a statement on Thursday 25th April stressing that the MTC is manoeuvring to stay in power and refusing to comply with the main demand of the people: POWER to the representatives of the people. Furthermore, the statement called for immediate civilian government, accountability and retribution. It called on all party members and opposition forces to redouble their efforts and increase their united actions to defeat the manoeuvres and conspiracies of the internal, regional and international enemies of the Sudanese revolution.
- While the million-plus demonstrators occupied the square at the army HQ, several hundreds of protesters demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy against the meddling of the Egypt government in the internal affairs of the country. This action took place after Cairo hosted a meeting of some of the African Union leaders who gave the MTC three months to return civilian rule.
- The enormous rally was organized by the umbrella group: Freedom and Change Alliance.