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Rihanna backs Sudanese protesters demanding civilian rule

Global music icon, Rihanna has sent her support to thousands of Sudanese protesters demonstrating to demand a civilian regime.

Thousands of Sudanese poured onto the streets of Khartoum on Sunday to stage a major protest to demand an end to military rule.

The protesters are demanding that the ruling military hands over to a civilian government as they remain resolute in their call.

Sunday’s protest was however met with resistance from the military who fired tear gas into the protesters.

Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Khartoum, in the northern district of Bari and in Mamura and Arkweit in the east.

Dubbed the “millions march” it is the largest demonstrations by the Sudanese people since a deadly security crackdown on civilians three weeks ago.

Rihanna on Twitter said “With more protests planned for today, June 30, I send my love and I pray for the safety of the Sudanese people.

They have a right to speak out and demand peace, justice and a transition to civilian rule. Over 100 were killed & hundreds more were wounded during the June 3rd protests.”

She adds that “Military rulers need to be held accountable. Praying for no more killings or abuse today.”

Major protest

Protesters waved the Sudanese flag and chanted “civilian, civilian” and “blood for blood” across the capital.

Before the protest, the military rulers warned that opposition leaders will be held responsible for any violence.

The much-feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) was also deployed ahead of the protest.

Sudan suspended

Sudan has been suspended by the African Union after the military failed to hand over to a civilian regime following the overthrow of former leader, Omar al-Bashir.

Talks between the military and the opposition have broken down in recent weeks.

Officials from the African Union and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are trying to broker a return to direct talks.

Bashir was toppled in a military coup in April after ruling the country since 1989.

He is already facing a trail as he is accused of corrupt acts during tenure as President of Sudan.

There are very little details about the charges. Officials say they are related to laws on “suspected illicit wealth and emergency orders.” 

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