Sudan’s Islamists hold first pro-Bashir protest, accusing authorities of discrimination

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Protesters in Khartoum demand that the government free or bring to trial members of the old regime detained since April.

Hundreds of supporters of Omar al-Bashir gathered in central Khartoum on Wednesday, calling for justice for the ousted Sudanese president and other detained members of the old regime, in the first pro-Bashir demonstration since his overthrow in April.

Protesters gathered in the capital’s University Street pleaded the case for 23 senior officials, all well-known Islamists, who have been arrested since Bashir’s fall, saying they should be freed or brought to trial.

In stark contrast to their role when Bashir was in power, the Islamists who organised Wednesday’s protests have now taken on the role previously occupied by the opposition.

Comprising mainly of relatives of senior officials of the former regime, including Bashir’s extended family, the protesters carried banners describing the detention of their relatives as illegal and unconstitutional and calling for justice.

The demonstrators also denounced calls by pro-democracy protesters to hand Bashir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in a counter-insurgency in the Darfur region beginning in 2003.

Source: middleeasteye



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