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Al Bashir supporters demonstrate against Sudanese government

April 10 - 2020 KHARTOUM
Supporters of the ousted regime of former President Al Bashir protest the new government, April 9, 2020 (RD)
Supporters of the ousted regime of former President Al Bashir protest the new government, April 9, 2020 (RD)

Yesterday, hundreds of supporters of the defunct regime of former President Omar Al Bashir staged a demonstration in central Khartoum – despite the ban on gatherings put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The protesters demanded the government headed by Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok to be replaced, and carried banners calling for the continuation of subsidies on basic consumer goods and the improvement of the living conditions.

The demonstration was reportedly organised by a group called Hashed. The group is known for its loyalty to the regime of the deposed dictator Al Bashir.

This week, the country celebrated the first anniversary of the demonstrations in the Sudanese capital on April 6 last year that marched to the army command in downtown Khartoum, calling for the removal of the totalitarian regime of Al Bashir, and refused to leave. This led to a large sit-in in front of the Defence Ministry and the ousting of Al Bashir in a military coup on five days later.

The demonstrators continued their protests against a military government at the sit-in that grew into a huge opposition centre. They were violently removed by government forces on June 3.

The dismantling of the sit-in, also known as the 29 Ramadan massacre, caused the death of 127 people. About 700 protesters and others present at the sit-in that day were injured.

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