Nairobi, Kenya – Sudanese protesters took to the streets of the capital early Monday morning. brings another note of instability to the country’s fragile transition to democracy.
The demonstrations take place about a month after authorities said they had thwarted a loyalist coup attempt by ousted dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
The possibility of a successful coup has haunted the country’s transitional government since 2019, when Mr al-Bashir was ousted and Sudan shaken by recent protests.
Demonstrators usually split along two lines: those who helped topple Mr. al-Bashir after widespread mass protests, and those who support the military government.
Relations between the leaders of the transitional government, made up of civilian and military officials, were strained. In recent days, pro-war protesters have demanded the dissolution of the transitional cabinet, a move that many pro-democracy groups have condemned as the basis for a coup.
Association of Sudanese Professionals, a major pro-democratic political group, urged people to take to the streets to counter what they called a “military coup.”
“A revolution is a revolution of the people,” the group of doctors, engineers and lawyers said in a statement. “Power and wealth belong to the people. No military coup. “
As the protests intensified on Monday, NetBlocks, an Internet monitoring organization, said there was a “major disruption” to Internet services in the country.
TV channels showed footage of protesters burning tires on the streets of the capital Khartoum, with plumes of smoke filling the sky.
“The people are stronger,” the pro-democracy demonstrators chanted, some applauded, and the procession of demonstrators increased.