Sudanese protesters continue their sit-in in Khartoum for 5th day in row

An aerial view of protests in Khartoum on Tuesday

An aerial view of protests in Khartoum on Tuesday. Credit Courtesy Sudan Congress Party via REUTERS

The night into Wednesday passed without violence for the first time since the start of the sit-in.

Al-Bashir has banned unauthorized public gatherings and granted sweeping powers to the police since imposing a state of emergency last month, and security forces have used tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and batons against demonstrators.

Sudanese demonstrators wave their national flag as they attend a protest rally demanding Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to step down, outside Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 10, 2019. Sudan researcher and analyst Eric Reeves told DW that Sudan was experiencing its "most politically important moment since independence" in 1956.

The street protests that erupted in December were met with crackdowns by the government that left dozens of people dead and eventually turned the military leadership against al-Bashir.

"We believe that the support from the soldiers on the ground and now the police is definitely growing".

Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, tells The Associated Press they will not back a military coup and insist on an "unconditional stepping down of al-Bashir and his regime".

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Yet on Tuesday, the internet was flooded with news, photos and videos from Sudan thanks to one picture of a woman standing on a vehicle roof and leading fellow protests chanting "Revolution" while she is singing capturing the attention.

The police on Tuesday ordered its officers on Tuesday to avoid intervening against the demonstrators.

Bashir also seems to be losing the support of foreign powers. "From my point of view, that's probably going to be very determinative and probably very, very soon", Reeves said.

Protesters have been calling for al-Bashir's ouster for months.

Khalid Medani, Sudan expert at McGill University in Canada, stressed the movement had been in the making since 2010.

The image drew a comparison to America's Statue of Liberty and the ancient Nubian Sudanese queens known as kandaka who live on in Sudanese folklore as women who accomplished and sacrificed for their country. Users also went to break down the imagery of Alaa Salah's viral photo and the symbolism it holds.

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Al-Bashir, whose whereabouts were not immediately known, came to power in a coup of his own in 1989, backed by the military and Islamist hard-liners. According to a Twitter user, by wearing the traditional dress of Sudanese women, she represented the working women of the country.

"The time has come for the Sudanese authorities to respond to these popular demands in a serious and credible way", the embassies of the three countries said in a joint statement.

"Day after day they are deeper [sic] interacting with the movement", said Julius, the sounds of drums and music clearly audible over the telephone. Those included United States anti-terrorism operations, European attempts to stem the flow of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean through Libya, and Egyptian wariness at a transition from authoritarianism to democracy on its border.

Sudan lost significant amounts of foreign currency after the oil-rich South Sudan seceded in 2011. The SPA said it advocated a peaceful "approach to revolution and change".

Protest organizers in Sudan denounced the army's takeover and vowed to continue rallies until a civilian transitional government is formed.

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