Around 20 people have been killed and more than dozens injured in dawn attacks on a protest outside Sudan’s defense ministry. Demonstrators had gathered outside the defense ministry and demanded the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir. This statement was made by the main opposition party on Tuesday.
Veteran leader Sadiq al-Mahdi also made a statement for “a select military command” to bargain a change toward democracy, following over three months of demonstration that serve as the most constant objection to Bashir’s 30-year rule.
Mahdi’s statement came at a time when several thousand demonstrators continued for the fourth day of revolt outside the compound in central Khartoum, which houses the defense ministry, Bashir’s residence, and the country’s security headquarters.
Early on Tuesday, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service tried twice to scatter the demonstrators, breaking into the area by making use of pickup trucks.
Security forces also tried to scatter the rioters early on Monday; however, witnesses and activists stated that soldiers moved ahead to safeguard the protesters. An opposition doctors’ committee placed the death toll at 21 in Sudan since the revolt started on Saturday, which includes five soldiers, with over 150 wounded. Amnesty International stated that in a statement that nine people had been killed in Sudan since Saturday, and it had confirmed even two more deaths on Tuesday, one of them being killed outside the compound.
A senior leader of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), the main anti-government protest organizer, demanded on Tuesday for the riot to continue and for similar demonstration “in front of the armed forces headquarters during the whole of Sudan”.
A senior SPA leader, Omar Saleh Sennar also stated that his group wanted a civilian transitional government and would only deal with the army, regarding it “the guarantor of the political system in Sudan”.