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Sudanese protesters march to presidential palace to demand civilian rule

People take part in a protest against the October military takeover in Khartoum, Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | Thousands of Sudanese protesters on Sunday managed to break a security cordon and reach the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum to demand civilian rule on the third anniversary of the December revolution, which toppled the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir.

The huge crowds managed to cross three bridges linking cities of Khartoum, Bahri and Omdurman despite the intensive security presence, official SUNA news agency reported.

The protesters voiced rejection to the political agreement signed between Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and the transitional Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok on Nov. 21, the report said.

Protesters from Gezira State and North Kordofan State, who arrived in Khartoum on foot on Saturday evening, also took part in the demonstrations.

The security forces fired tears gas, forcing the majority of the demonstrators to retreat.

Meanwhile, the Forces of Freedom and Change Alliance, the civilian coalition leading the protests, called for continuing the resistance until “power is handed to the people.”

The Sudanese Doctors’ Committee said in a primary report that one protester was killed and about 80 others injured during the demonstrations.

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.

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Xinhua

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