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Sudan's protest leaders demand end of 'deep state'

2019/04/15 | 21:10

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)-

Organisers of mass protests in Sudan have told the BBC they want

the full dismantling of the "deep state" left behind by ousted leader

Omar al-Bashir.A

spokesman said leaders of the past regime should be put on trial.Mr

Bashir was toppled by the army last week after 30 years in power and a military

council has pledged elections in two-years time.But

protesters remain camped outside army HQ in the capital, Khartoum, demanding a

civilian administration.Reports on Monday

said there had been efforts to disperse the sit-in but protesters joined hands

and troops stepped back from a confrontation.The

crowd chanted "Freedom" and "Revolution", and appealed to

soldiers to protect them, witnesses said.The

Sudanese Professionals' Association (SPA) which has spearheaded the protests,

urged supporters to foil any attempt to disperse the sit-in."We

hope that everyone will head immediately to the areas of the sit-in to protect

your revolution and your accomplishments," it said in a statement.On Sunday the

transitional military council sought to appease protest leaders, telling them

that key figures from the former government had been arrested. It is not clear

who those officials are.A

military spokesman also promised not to disperse protesters and said the

council was "ready to implement" whatever civilian government the

opposition parties agreed.In

another development, 13 people were reportedly killed in an armed attack on

protesters in the troubled region of South Darfur over the weekend."Gunmen"

attacked the anti-government protest at a camp for displaced people about 17km

(10 miles) east of the regional capital, Nyala, according to the privately

owned Darfur 24 news website.Mr

Bashir has been indicted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

in Darfur by the International Criminal Court. He denies any wrongdoing.











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