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Sudan protest leaders report attempt to disperse sit-in


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Sudanese protest organisers Monday called on their supporters to mobilise outside the army headquarters, saying there was an attempt to “disperse the sit-in” where thousands have camped out for 10 days.

The Sudanese Professionals Association did not say who was attempting to break up the crowd, but witnesses said several army vehicles had surrounded the area.

“There is an attempt to disperse the sit-in from the army headquarters area, they are trying to remove the barricades,” the SPA said in a statement to AFP.

Protest organisers have given a list of demands to the country’s new ruling military council that came to power after the ouster last week of veteran president Omar al-Bashir.

“We call on our people to come immediately to the sit-in area to protect our revolution.” Witnesses said troops were seen removing the barricades that demonstrators had put up as a security measure.

“Protesters are chanting ‘army is our army’,” an onlooker told AFP from the site of the sit-in.

The SPA described the attempt to disperse the crowds as “an indication that the military council will not fulfil its commitment given to the people,” in a separate statement on its Facebook page.

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Protest organisers have given a list of demands to the country’s new ruling military council that came to power after the ouster last week of veteran president Omar al-Bashir.

Their key demands include handing power to a transitional civilian government and bringing leaders of Bashir’s regime to justice, including the deposed president.

© Agence France-Presse

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