KHARTOUM, SUDAN - The main protest group camped out in Khartoum since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese Professionals Association, called for a mass rally Thursday. Protesters are demanding that the transitional military council, which replaced Bashir and says it has been detaining symbols of his regime and subjugating loyalist forces, allow for a civilian transitional government.
Thousands of protesters responded to calls by the Sudanese Professionals Association to rally on Thursday in central Khartoum.
Reports citing relatives of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir say the ousted leader has been moved from house arrest to prison. But protesters who are demanding civilian leadership, instead of the transitional military council, are skeptical.
Reports on Wednesday said the ousted former president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has been moved from house arrest to federal prison.
Unnamed members of Bashir’s family told Reuters news agency, the BBC, and others he was moved to Kobar prison in Khartoum late Tuesday, while prison guards told CNN they saw Bashir’s arrival at the facility.
Protesters flooded streets leading to Sudan’s army headquarters, calling for Sudan’s Transitional Military Council to allow a swift return to civilian rule.
SPA co-founder Mohamed Naji says they are demanding the military deliver power to the people.
He says they called for a civilian presidential council, but with military representation, to fulfill the Sudanese revolution’s demands.
The SPA has urged all parties to nominate leaders for a civilian transitional council.
The demonstrators were divided into groups of doctors, lawyers, journalists, bankers and engineers.
Protester Mohamed Ahmed is with the doctors’ committee.
He says they will stay in the sit-in until the revolution’s demands are fulfilled, and they won’t go back (to their homes) before this happens.
The protesters have been camped in front of army headquarters since April 6, refusing to disperse even after the military said last week it had ousted former President Omar al-Bashir.
Protesters in Sudan called Thursday for new street demonstrations to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government as the new rulers announced the arrests of former president Omar al-Bashir's two brothers on corruption charges.
Military council spokesman Gen.
Sudan’s military says it placed Bashir under house arrest, but reports on Wednesday quoted sources saying he had been moved to a federal prison.
On Wednesday night, Sudan’s military council said it had detained Bashir’s brothers, Abdullah and Abbas, as part of efforts to remove symbols of what it called a “corrupt regime.”
The military council announced also the dissolution of security forces loyal to Bashir, saying they would come under the authority of the army and police.
Despite the reported arrests, protesters such as Mai Noor remain skeptical.
Uganda says it will consider giving asylum to Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir, who was deposed by his country's military last week.
"If President Omar Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda, that is a matter that can be considered by the president of Uganda," Okello Oryem, Uganda's state minister for foreign affairs, said Tuesday.
Oryem, speaking Wednesday to VOA, added that Uganda will not be apologetic if Bashir chooses to come to the country.
He also said Uganda does not recognize the International Criminal Court, or ICC, which in 2009 issued a warrant for Bashir's arrest on charges of
She says they heard that Bashir is in jail, but they don’t want him to be sent to another place. They want a public trial for all the crimes he committed in Darfur, says Noor, for the genocide and killing protesters.
The council on Monday gave Sudan 15 days to allow a civilian-led transitional government or face suspension in the African Union.
Sudan’s protests began in December when fuel and food shortages led to price hikes and calls for Bashir to step down. And then a military coup that removed him from three decades in power.