Thousands of Sudanese gathered in several cities across the country on Monday, including Khartoum, demanding that the country’s new authorities dissolve former president Omar al-Bashir’s ruling party.
Men and women gathered in large numbers in Khartoum, nearby towns of Omdourman, Madani, Al-Obeid, Port Sudan and Zalinge, Darfur, the scene of a bloody conflict in the past, expressing their support for the new transition government.
Monday’s rallies also commemorated the October 21, 1964 uprising that toppled then-military leader Ibrahim Abboud.
Banners calling for the “dissolution of the National Congress Party” (NCP) were held up by some sections of the crowd in Khartoum.
The rallies, was organized by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), the arrowhead behind the protest movement, they also called for “justice for the martyrs” killed during the months-long uprising that toppled Bashir.
Bashir and his NCP ruled Sudan for three decades from 1989, when he came to power in an Islamist-backed coup.
Demonstrations against his government broke out in December 2018 and quickly turned into a national protest movement that eventually led to his ouster on April 11.
The protest movement says more than 250 people were killed in the uprising but the authorities gave a lower figure.
Currently on trial for corruption, Bashir is being held in a prison in Khartoum along several officials of his government and senior NCP officials.