Yesterday, the Sudanese capital Khartoum witnessed one of its biggest rallies in front of army headquarters protesting the ruling of President Omar al-Bashir. The demonstration came after a series of protests that started in December demanding the president’s three-decade period to be put to an end.
In front of the army headquarters, which also includes the president’s house, people started chanting about freedom and justice. They also chanted “one army, one people,” asking the army to join their cause to overthrow the president.
Although the cops have previously used violence in attempts to disassemble the protests, leading to the death of 31 people (51 according to Human Rights Watch), the last demonstration was completely peaceful. Security forces just settled for spreading out across the city, banning people from going to certain parts of Khartoum.
Previous acts of violence include heavy use of tear gas and high arrest rates, especially after al-Bashir declared a state of national emergency in February.
The protests continue after the organisers of the rally asked the people to hold a sit-in in front of the headquarters. According to the BBC, some have been heard to vow not to leave before the president resigns.