Sudanese marchers converge on army headquarters to confront junta rulers

Sudanese protesters wave the national flag during a "million-strong" march outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum...

Sudanese protesters wave the national flag during a "million-strong" march outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 25, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Sudanese marchers have converged from all directions on army headquarters for a "million-strong" demonstration to turn up the heat on the junta rulers.

Witnesses said marchers were closing in on the main protest site from different directions in the capital Khartoum on Thursday.

Across the city, demonstrators arrived at the army headquarters from the states of Jazeera, White Nile and also from Shendi, increasing the numbers already camped at the site, many of them for the past several weeks.

Sudanese judges from the Supreme Court also joined the protests for the first time.

“We are here to give a message that the judiciary should be independent without any political intervention,” media outlets quoted a judge as saying.

Crowds of protesters also gathered outside Egypt's embassy and consulate, which were surrounded by riot police.

They held banners calling on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi not to "interfere in our affairs", after Cairo hosted a summit of African leaders calling for more time for a transition to civilian rule in Sudan.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which led the protests against deposed President Omar al-Bashir, says the march calls for "civilian rule" in the country.

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