Thousands of protesters wave Sudanese flags, hold banners and chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2019.
Thousands of protesters wave Sudanese flags, hold banners and chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2019.

Protest leaders in Sudan are urging their followers to continue a sit-in Tuesday aimed at forcing the new military rulers to hand over power to a civilian government.
 
The Sudanese Professional Association, which is leading the mass protests, had called for a march in Khartoum on Tuesday, followed by a mass rally on Thursday.

 

Thousands of protesters wave Sudanese flags, hold banners and chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2019.
Protesters Converge on Sudan Defense Ministry to Demand Civilian Rule

Huge crowds joined a sit-in protest outside Sudan's defense ministry on Thursday to demand that the country's transitional military council hand power to civilians.

Hundreds of thousands packed the streets by early evening — the largest crowds to gather in the center of the capital since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted and the military council took over last week.

Protesters chanted "Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people" and "Civilian rule, civilian rule," and waved national flags. 

"We will remain in the street until power is handed to civilian authority," said

 

Monday saw protesters operating checkpoints on roads at their main protest site at Khartoum's military headquarters. Sudan's Transitional Military Council had called for "immediate opening of the roads and removal of the barricades" at the protest site.
 
The council's warning came a day after talks between the protesters and the military broke down because the military refused to transfer power to a civilian government.
 
Protesters have been demanding a change in regime since December.
 
Meanwhile, Egypt is set to host an emergency summit of African leaders Tuesday on the situation in Sudan.

FILE - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is seen leaving the African Union summit, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, July 2, 2018.

Sudan's military removed President Omar al-Bashir from power on April 11, after three decades in power.  But since then, the military has not transferred power to a civilian council as demanded by the protesters.