Joy in Sudan becomes anger over 'recycled regime', says protester who vows to keep fighting
Defence Minister Ibn Auf sworn in as head of council that will run the country for 2 years
"People, at first, celebrated when they heard the news that al-Bashir had resigned," said Fadia, who is a social worker and activist in Sudan. The Current is withholding Fadia's full name to protect her security.
"But who came after him? The defence minister. And he's a criminal as well," she told The Current's guest host Gillian Findlay.
Defence Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Auf has been sworn in as head of a new military council that will run the country for two years, Sudan's state-run broadcaster reported. Ibn Auf was Bashir's vice president and defence minister. He is among a handful of Sudanese commanders put on a sanction list — which freezes his assets — by the U.S. Treasury, for his role during the atrocities committed in the Darfur conflict.
"You cannot repeat the same faces again; the same members of the same regime. They are actually recycling the regime, and that's that's why I wasn't happy," Fadia explained.
When people realized who was taking over "they got angry," she said.
Bashir led the country for 30 years, but faced months of street demonstrations before he was ousted by Sudan's military on Thursday. Rejecting military control, thousands of protesters defied a curfew and gathered outside the defence ministry in Khartoum to push for a civilian government.
The head of the transitional military council said it "will not force anything on the people" and wants to create peaceful dialogue with the protesters.
"I broke the curfew and I'm proud," Fadia said. "I do it in the name of all the women who are not capable to do this."
To discuss the uprising in Sudan and what it could mean for its citizens, The Current's guest host Gillian Findlay spoke to:
- Fadia, who is participating in the protests in Khartoum, Sudan. Last name withheld over safety concerns.
- Rania El Mugammar, an artist and equity consultant.
- Elamin Abdelmahmoud, a social media editor at Buzzfeed.
- Iman Abbaro, a multi-disciplinary artist and Ryerson University student.
Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation.
Written by Émilie Quesnel, with files from Thomson Reuters and CBC News. Produced by Sarah-Joyce Battersby, Jessica Linzey and Danielle Carr.