Sudanese demonstrators maintain Khartoum sit

Rebellious military officer speaks to protesters outside the headquarters of the Sudanese army in Khartoum on 9 April 2019

Sudanese demonstrators maintain Khartoum sit

"Women of Sudan always encourage their youths to fight".

The Sudanese regime has come under heavy pressure as the largest demonstrations in recent times continue in the capital of Khartoum.

There were no reports of attempts to disperse the protests on Wednesday. "Those people have killed protesters". At least of 15 them are in a critical condition, and have been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit after slipping into coma due to head injuries. In all, 2,496 protesters were arrested. Thousands of people are taking part in the sit-in, Khartoum reporter Dama Moheideen told VOA. In the course of the exchange of fire, one soldier is reported to have been killed.

He added that the RFS has nothing to do with peaceful protests, but they will not allow chaos. Meanwhile, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), which has been leading the ongoing strike by doctors who refused to provide treatment in hospitals of the armed forces, called on its members to end the strike.

Sudan has been shaken by protests since last December, with demonstrators demanding the departure of al-Bashir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989. Some shouted, "They removed a thief and brought in a thief!"

Sudan, along with Iran, Syria and North Korea, is on Washington's blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.

In a statement, the "Troika" comprising the UK, US, and Norway demanded the Sudanese government respond to the demand of protesters for a political transition. Tens of thousands of demonstrators were massed at a sit-in they have held for almost a week outside the military's headquarters in central Khartoum, the capital.

On Wednesday, protesters continued to raise funds to ensure a regular supply of food and water for the crowd. He also said al-Bashir's crackdown against protesters risked splitting the security establishment and "could cause grave casualties". "That's all!" - was raised on the shoulders by a cheering crowd.

On Sunday morning, when about 3,000 protesters remained, NISS forces arrived and began firing tear gas into the crowds, according to Radio Dabanga. Several times in the past week, army troops trying to protect the rallies exchanged fire with security forces.

"The National Congress Party's executive bureau supports the national dialogue partners' initiative to organize a gathering to be seen by all the people on Thursday", the acting chief of Bashir's ruling party, Ahmed Harun, said in a statement.

"Our demands are clear: We don't want to replace a coup with a coup", al-Mahdi said.

"I hope our revolution will achieve its goal", said Alaa Salah, dubbed the protest movement's "Nubian queen" after a video clip went viral of her conducting chanting with demonstrators outside the army headquarters.

The announcement finally came hours later, from ibn Ouf, a key power figure in al-Bashir's regime. A similar bid by the loyalist forces on Tuesday also failed.

It also urged the army to give executive powers to civilians.

"We call on God to preserve the security and calm of our country and to unite the Sudanese people, and for an agreement that would support the peaceful transition of power", a police spokesman said. Protesters used scrap metal barriers to block traffic.

The protests are the most sustained challenge Bashir has faced in his three decades in power. The latest developments indicate that this support too may be waning. She was telling the story of Sudanese women.

Protesters have been calling for al-Bashir's ouster for months.

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