Sudanese protests second successive day demanding Bashir to step down

People in thousands protested for the second successive day on Sunday in Sudanese capital Khartoum with demands for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir for mismanaging the country’s economy.

Protesters chanted “Sudan is rising, the army is rising” outside Sudanese army headquarters, which is Bashir’s official residence.

April 6 was chosen by protesters to mark the 1985 uprising that toppled the administration of the then-President Jaafar Nimeiri and power was handed over to an elected government, but in a 1989 coup attempt the new administration was overthrown by al-Bashir.

Meanwhile, spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, said four people were killed in Sunday’s protest in the capital and one more at a separate demonstration in Omdurman city.

Calling the protests illegal gatherings police spokesman General Hashim Abdel-Rahim said Saturday one person was killed in Omdurman and 32 people have lost their lives since the latest protests erupted.

A statement from Human Rights Watch reveals half-ton people have been killed until now.

Protesters chanted “Sudan is rising, the army is rising” outside Sudanese army headquarters, which is Bashir’s official residence.

National Intelligence and Security Service has jailed hundreds of protesters including activists, opposition leaders and journalists.

Sunday’s protests also coincided with massive blackout across Sudan and electricity ministry blamed it was due to technical glitch.

Paul Linus