Sudanese Military Topples 30-Yr-Old Regime of Bashir; Protesters Seek For Civilian Led Govt
April 12th, 2019 / 6:31 PM
After four months of protests, on April 11, the Sudanese military finally took over the government and detained President Sudan Omar al-Bashir. The major reason for overthrowing him was the skyrocketing price of bread and fuel prices in the region. He has been on the throne for 30 years. However, Sudanese pro-democracy protesters who protested throughout the last four months on the streets are not standing with the military leaders who toppled Bashir. Around thousands continued their sit-in protest outside the military headquarters in Khartoum (capital of Sudan) till Friday morning even after curfew was imposed by the army after Bashir’s arrest.
Why do the protests continue?
Soon after the announcement of dethroning of Omar al-Bashir by military, the pro-democracy supporters protested against the military takeover and renewed their demands for a civilian-led government. In a Twitter post, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) called protesters to “gather now” and asked to sit-in outside the army headquarters. It said, “Stay put and guard your revolution”.
Video: Clearly, people of #Sudan won't rest just yet even though a curfew (10:00 pm to 4:00 am) had been issued from the new head state Ibn Auf yesterday.
— Ahmed (@iAffable_) April 12, 2019
In the later part of Thursday, Defence Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf announced the arrest of 75-year-old Bashir on TV. However, the tension escalated quickly when Ibn Auf who was appointed as the Vice President by Bashir in February declared that the military would take over the country for a two-year transitional period. A three month of state emergency was also declared by him with a month-long curfew from 10 pm to 4 am. His sworn in ceremony as the Chief of Sudan’s new ruling council was aired too.
Protesters believe that overthrowing Bashir will not help them as other faces who worked under Bashir are still in power and urged for a civilian-led government. Mohammed Hisham told Aljazeera that the old system is being rebuilt in new clothes. According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, at least 13 people were killed when security forces intervened in Thursday’s protests
— Firas El Echi (@FirasElEchi10) April 12, 2019
Earlier this week, an image of a young Sudanese woman went viral and drew international attention to Sudan’s crisis. She was standing on a car roof and singing a song for revolution and it has now become a symbol of women’s rights protests in Sudan. The woman in white thobe was singing and giving hope to all the women in the protests. She was singing “Thowra” – Arabic for “revolution.” She was Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old engineering and architecture student. Her act was appreciated all over the world and particularly in Sudan where women voices were always suppressed.
Written by : Debarghya Sil
Edited by : Bharat Nayak