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News Updated: 08 February 2022 12:15 EAT 262 Views | ~ 1 minute

Sudanese Protest Against Return Of Al-Bashir-era Officials

Thousands of Sudanese expressed their concern about the return of government officials during Ex-president, Omar Al-Bashir by marching against the military rule on Monday in Khartoum and other cities.

This is after the military has appointed Bashir-era officials to take care of the government and begun to review the work of a task force that sought to seize regime assets and remove members from the civil service.

Security forces firing repeated rounds of tear gas blocked protesters trying to reach the presidential palace, stopping them more than a kilometer away from the building, a witness said.

Some people were seen injured and bleeding, and others fainted, carried away on motorcycles.

"Kill, kill, we're not scared," some Khartoum protesters chanted. Others gathered in the nearby cities of Bahri and Omdurman, and regional capitals Madani, Kassala, and El Geneina.

Huge crowds have regularly taken to the streets demanding a return to civilian rule since a coup on Oct. 25 ended a power-sharing arrangement that began in 2019.

The protests have continued despite a crackdown that has killed at least 79 and injured more than 2,000, according to medics aligned with the protest movement.

Military leaders have said the coup was necessary as a corrective measure, that the right to protest is protected, and have called investigations into protester deaths.

Protesters have demanded the military exit politics completely and accused the military of working with members of the Bashir's regime.

"We came out today to gain civilian rule and to stop the return of members of Bashir's party that (General Abdelfattah) al-Burhan re-appointed. They want to bring back Bashir's regime," said Hassan Ahmed, a 41 year old engineer.

Bashir was ousted by the army following a 2019 popular uprising and replaced by a military-civilian power-sharing arrangement which ended after the Oct. 25 coup.

Fired employees have been reinstated at the country's foreign ministry, justice ministry, judiciary, and central bank.

By Reuters