Khartoum, 11 April 2019 – Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has been deposed and arrested by soldiers following months of uprising, culminating in a monstrous march on the presidential palace.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians who led the protests in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, have refused to go back home following the announcement of Bashir’s arrest, calling on the military to hand power over to a civilian-led transition.
Organizers of the protests say they will not leave the streets until their demands are met.
“We know what we want and what we want is to be truly free. We know what that means, and what that means is elections and what that means is democracy and we will not leave until we get that,” CNN Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir, who recently reported undercover on human rights violations in the country cited as protesters as saying.
The CNN undercover investigation had revealed that rights violations were ongoing and deepening even as the administration of US President Donald J. Trump was working on normalizing relations with Sudan.
The US State Department denied that the Trump administration was seeking to normalize relations, but admitted that ongoing talks with the regime provided the possibility of “improved relations.”
The truth, though, is that the FBI signed a counter-terror agreement with al-Bashir in November 2018, even as protests calling for the tyrants departure intensified across the country. The European Union was dishing out loads of money for Sudan to combat illegal migration.
In a tweet on Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy said he “was heartened to see no widespread violence directed at the protesters in #Khartoum last night following 2 nights where security forces tried to disperse them violently.”
Al-Bashir is a multi-time indicted war criminal. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) based at The Hague, Netherlands.