Hundreds of thousands of people marched in several cities in Sudan on Sunday as the government tried to quell protests that have swept through the country in recent weeks, marking the deepest challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule. Video footage from the central city of Omdurman showed thousands gathered to challenge the military’s bid to quell rallies.
“We reject being controlled by the security,” several demonstrators chanted as they marched through the streets of Omdurman. They also waved the national flag and pictures of Bashir, who came to power in a 1989 coup and has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.
Also on Sunday, opposition and civil society groups came together to launch an initiative that will urge people to demonstrate in the capital next Sunday to demand free and fair elections and an end to human rights violations. The signatories of the initiative include the main opposition parties, three political parties whose current lists of candidates have been disqualified, religious figures and activists, according to the report.
Most parts of the country were quiet over the weekend after protests erupted in several areas last week, with some activists vowing to keep the pressure on the authorities and signaling plans for fresh demonstrations on Thursday.
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