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March in Khartoum dispersed with tear gas

July 19 - 2019 KHARTOUM / WAD MADANI
The March of the Millions for Justice in Khartoum on Thursday July 18.
The March of the Millions for Justice in Khartoum on Thursday July 18.

Tens of thousands of people marched in the direction of the Green Square in Khartoum on Thursday afternoon in response to the call of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FCC) to demand justice. Witnesses said that security forces dispersed the rally at Jakson Square in downtown Khartoum by firing tear gas, but the demonstrators gathered again.

After having reached the site, the protesters changed the name of the Green Square, south of Khartoum International Airport, to Freedom Square. The Green Square was used by the regime of former President Omar Al Bashir for pro-government rallies.

The Marches of Millions for Justice were launched from various gathering points set by the FFC (formerly known as the Alliance for Freedom and Change). Participants of the rallies carried portraits of protesters killed. They also held banners demanding justice and prosecution of the killers.

SPA

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) condemned the violent disruption of the rally and held the junta responsible for the safety of the demonstrators.

The demonstrators replaced the logos and banners of the former regime at the Green Square near the Khartoum airport with banners calling for justice and honouring “the martyrs of the revolution”.

Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militiamen who were stationed at Green Square withdrew on Thursday morning before the demonstrators arrived.

Wad Madani

In Wad Madani, Kosti, Singa and Sennar people also reacted to the call to hold Marches of Millions for Justice.

In Wad Madani in El Gezira, a demonstration started at the Grand Market and proceeded to El Moulid Square. The participants chanted slogans calling for retribution. Meetings were addressed by representatives of the FFC and members of neighbourhood committees.

Demonstrators in the Sennar state capital Singa dedicated their rally to Ano Hasan, who was shot dead by RSF militiamen on Sunday.

 


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