KHARTOUM- Defiant protesters in Sudan are set to return to the streets on Sunday, June 30 in a protest dubbed a “Millions March”.
The protesters are demanding power be handed over to a civilian-led government.
They also demand justice for all lives lost at the hands of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) during a recent crackdown in the wake of the removal of then-President Omar al-Bashir’s from power.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) posted on Twitter calling on Sudanese nationals to take to the streets on Sunday.
“Let’s be loud on the streets again, and let’s make the demonstrations on June 30th a prominent new page in the last chapter of the falling regime and its rigged council’s drama”, read the tweet.
This rally will be the first mass demonstration since the assault on protesters at a sit-in at the military headquarters in Khartoum almost a month ago.
Months of protests and the sit-in came to a deadly head on June 3, as Sudanese security forces violently dispersed the crowds outside the military headquarters in the capital.
According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), more than 100 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded. However the Health Ministry cited a much lower death toll of 61.
Protesters say the sit-in provided a safe space for people from all regions of Sudan to express themselves through different methods, including discussions, collective chants and art.
After what protesters are calling the “June 3rd massacre”, a sense of mourning and anger further fueled their demands.
According to a researcher at SOAS’s School of Law, Ahmed H Adam, Sunday’s demonstration will be “a milestone and a buildup to restoring the momentum of the revolution”.
Meanwhile, the date of the “millions march” protest coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Coup led by al-Bashir, who was himself overthrown in a military coup in April, 2019.
Since the violent dispersal of the sit-in, the internet and social media in particular has been cut off, and restoring internet access is now among the top priorities for protesters.
However, lack of internet access has not stopped protesters from spreading their information. They have resorted to spread it through brochures, murals and graffiti painted throughout the city encouraging people to participate in the “millions march”.