Protests spread against coup in Sudan

January 30, 2022

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of people marched in the capital and other cities of Sudan on Sunday, the latest in a long series of protests against the coup in October.

The mostly young protesters marched through Khartoum and other cities, demanding an end to military rule and the return of a civilian government leading the country in a transition to democracy.

The coup upended Sudan’s transition to democracy after three decades of repression and international isolation under the authoritarian rule of Omar al-Bashir. The African nation has been on a tenuous path to democracy since the military toppled al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

The protests were called by the Sudan Professionals Association and the Resistance Committees, which spearheaded the uprising against al-Bashir and have called anti-coup protests for the past three months.

Videos posted online show protesters beating drums and chanting anti-coup slogans in the streets of Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. Sundanese flags and posters bearing portraits of protesters apparently killed by security forces also proliferated.

The march continued to the presidential palace, where in previous protests there have been deadly clashes between the insurgents and the security forces.