Thousands of Islamists Renew Protests Against UN in Sudan


Thousands of Islamists gathered on Saturday for the second time in two weeks to protest “interference” by the UN mission in Sudan, an TBEN journalist reported.

The protesters have objected to the UN’s efforts to mediate between the country’s military and civilian leaders after last year’s coup by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Saturday’s protesters also expressed anger at a transitional constitution proposed by the Sudanese Bar Association calling for a civilian government to take the country out of the current political crisis.

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The proposed constitution would ban activities of the National Congress Party, the Islamist movement of former dictator Omar al-Bashir.

“We are protesting against foreign interference in our country,” protester Ahmed Abderrahman told TBEN. “We will not accept the secular constitution of the Sudanese Bar Association.”

He was surrounded by other protesters with placards that read “No to foreign interference” and “Volker out”, referring to UN envoy to Khartoum, Volker Perthes.

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Recent protests have also pitted the Islamists – who had supported Bashir prior to his 2019 ouster – against coup leader Burhan.

The army chief last week warned Islamists to stay away from the military, saying: “The military is of no side.”

His warning came a week after some 3,000 Islamists staged a similar march in front of UN headquarters.

It comes despite repeated accusations from civilian factions that the military colluded with the Islamists, pointing to the recent re-appointment of Islamist figures in positions of power.

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Sudan has been in a political and economic crisis since last year’s coup. Security forces have crushed the almost weekly protests, which have left at least 119 dead, according to pro-democracy medics.

Civilian leaders have refused to negotiate with the military until it commits to a timetable for complete withdrawal from power.