Atlanta, United States (CNN) — Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets Thursday to express their support for civilian authorities within the power-sharing government.
The demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, chanting anti-army slogans and waving flags. The protests were organized in response to a sit-in by another group of protesters within the presidential palace since last week, calling for the army to dissolve the government and take power.
Military and civilian groups have been sharing power in the east African country in an uneasy alliance, called the Sovereignty Council, since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
Muhammad al-Fiqi, a civilian leader, told CNN that the pro-civilian protesters are demanding the preservation of the democratic transition and the revolution’s values gained after the 2019 uprising.
“We are all moving to support the democratic transition and to provide an elected government (to the people),” he said.
A CNN reporter said that the military headquarters were cordoned off from the demonstrators, but that not much security was observed among the demonstrators. Trucks carrying protesters arrived at Freedom Square in the capital.
Last month, an attempted military coup in Sudan in late September failed, and most of the officers involved were arrested, further straining the shaky transitional coalition.