Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | Mass protests started in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other cities on Thursday to demand civilian rule.
According to eyewitnesses, various protesters headed to assemble at Sharwani bus station, to march to the Republican Palace.
Hundreds of army soldiers have been deployed at the entrances to the bridges linking the three major cities of Khartoum, Omdurman, and Bahri, most parts of which were closed by the authorities before the start of the demonstrations, said eyewitnesses.
Earlier on Thursday, the internet service on mobile phones was interrupted.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, the body leading the protests, issued a statement on Wednesday urging the citizens to take part in protests set for Thursday.
Sudan has been suffering a political crisis after General Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency on Oct. 25 and dissolved the Sovereign Council and government.
On Nov. 21, Al-Burhan and the then removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a political declaration, which included reinstating Hamdok as prime minister, but the deal has so far failed to calm the street.