Power handover talks between military and civilians breaks down in Sudan

Sudanese military and demonstrators attending a sit-in block a train from passing through, during a protest outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A group of protesters from the Sudanese medical profession syndicate march chant against military rule and demand prosecution for former government officials, at the sit-in inside the Armed Forces Square, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A Sudanese official and a former minister said the military has transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the city’s Kopar Prison in Khartoum. The move came after organizers of the street protests demanded the military move al-Bashir to an official prison. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)

Tensions are rising in Sudan after talks broke down between protesters and the country’s military rulers who earlier in April ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against his rule.

Large crowds lit up the night sky with their cellphones, singing and chanting as protest leaders delivered fiery speeches in the capital, Khartoum, on Sunday night.

The protest organizers — the Sudanese Professionals Association — said they suspended talks with the ruling military council because it failed to meet their demands for an immediate transfer to a civilian government.

The military had previously said that it was committed to handing over power and consider a joint military-civilian council.

The protesters fear the military intends to cling to power or put another general in charge.

Qurashi Diefallah, a protester, said they’re disappointed because the army is “just an extension of the government  which stole 30 years from us.”