Khartoum – About 10,000 demonstrators gathered outside Sudan’s government palace in Khartoum on Wednesday to protest against what they say is a military takeover following a presidential decree dissolving parliament and dismissing the cabinet.
The demonstrations began in the capital shortly after President Omar al-Bashir called for street protests to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh’s government.
Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and wood, and mosques in western Khartoum province urged worshippers to join the protest. There was no word of clashes with security forces, however.
Police banned gatherings after the protest began and officers arrested more than 30 people including leaders and organizers of the protest, witnesses said.
Khartoum is one of the few Arab cities, which the government has sought to encourage with the construction of attractive roads and transportation networks, that has not experienced widespread street protests since the 1960s.