- Title: "We cannot stop our revolution": Sudanese protesters demand faster reform
- Date: 30th June 2020
- Summary: KHARTOUM, SUDAN (JUNE 30, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING / CARRYING SUDANESE FLAG PROTESTERS SEEN SITTING ON BACK OF TRUCK DURING MARCH VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING / CHANTING IN (Arabic): "CIVILIAN RULE" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING PROTESTER SPEAKING TO OTHER PROTESTERS PROTEST WITH MUSIC PLAYING IN BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, AHMED ABDELAAL, SAYING: "The demands we want fulfilled are the formation of a legislative council, that can supervise over the government's activities, the second demand is the achievement of comprehensive and just peace, and the third is a civil state." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING PROTESTERS BANGING ON EMPTY WATER COOLER BOTTLES IN CAR VARIOUS OF MEN AND WOMEN MARCHING / CARRYING FLAGS AND BANNERS PROTESTERS HOLDING UP A PLACARD OF A PROTESTER WHO LOST HIS LIFE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, ABDEL AZEEM HASSAN, SAYING: "Right now, the protesters are calling for justice over the people who have lost their lives, they demand retribution, and the trial of the symbols of the former regime, as well as the continuation of the revolution's (demands). We believe this revolution needs to be monitored so as not to be hijacked by members of the former regime or even by political parties."
- Embargoed: 14th July 2020 19:57
- Keywords: Sudan anniversary demands politics protests revolution
- Location: KHARTOUM, SUDAN
- City: KHARTOUM, SUDAN
- Country: Sudan
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002CKKCVUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tens of thousands demonstrated on Tuesday (June 30) in Sudanese cities despite a coronavirus lockdown to demand greater civilian rule in the transition towards democracy after the ouster of veteran strongman Omar al-Bashir last year.
Waving Sudanese flags, protesters gathered in Khartoum and its twin cities Khartoum North and Omdurman after the government closed roads and bridges leading to the centre of the capital.
Similar protests also took place in Kassala in eastern Sudan and in the restive region of Darfur. They chanted "freedom, peace and justice", the slogan of the anti-Bashir movement. Some protesters blocked streets with burning tyres.
Premier Abdalla Hamdok, a technocrat, governs the country in awkward tandem with the long dominant military that helped remove Bashir after mass protests against his 30-year autocracy.
An opposition coalition agreed to joint governance with the military in a two-year transition towards free elections but key parts of the deal have not been implemented, such as appointing civilian state governors and establishing a parliament.
The crisis has been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, which has diverted the resources of many donors.
(Production: El Tayeb Siddiq, Seham Eloraby, Marissa Davison, Aiden Nulty)
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