There’s unrest in Sudan. According to the BBC, “Sudanese security forces in the capital have fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of people protesting against military rule.

What Were The Protests For?

U.S. News said the rally marked “the fourth anniversary of the uprising that toppled former leader Omar al-Bashir.”

Passionate demonstrators gathered in Khartoum by the thousands.

U.S. News reported, “demonstrators, who called for civilian rule and justice over deaths during past protests, gathered in their largest numbers for several months on Monday, marching to within 1 mile of the presidential palace.”


What Did The Demonstrators Say?

Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in April 2019.

BBC News explained, “the short-lived transition to civilian rule ended two years later, when the military staged a coup. A fortnight ago, the junta leaders agreed to hand back power to civilian groups in a move to end the ongoing political crisis.”

“A transitional two-year period led by civilian leaders was agreed upon. But pro-democracy protesters – mostly young women and men – opposed the deal.”

One protester, Samira Hassan said, “we will not accept anything other than a civilian government.”

Others were heard shouting “you will not rule us with this deal,” and “back to the barracks!”


Sudanese Police Responded Aggressively

In addition to the tear gas, police employed stun grenades and armored trucks.

The trucks were used to block demonstrators from getting too close to the presidential palace.