On Tuesday March 8, Sudanese protestors marching against military rule were confronted with tear gas as they approached the presidential palace on International Women’s Day.
The event was organized by women’s rights organizations and neighborhood resistance committees, who have been organizing street protests since the military took power in October.
After former President Omar al-Bashir, who reigned for 30 years, was deposed in a 2019 revolt in which women played a key role, a power-sharing agreement between civilians and the military was reached.
One protest banner said, “Women’s demands are the revolution’s demands.”
Security police pushed demonstrators back into surrounding streets after the rally reached the presidential palace in Khartoum’s capital.
Sudan’s economy is collapsing , prompting the demonstration. The Sudanese pound was devalued by nearly 19 percent on Tuesday after its black market value dropped.
The coup has also resulted in the reversal of decisions made since Bashir’s departure, as well as a crackdown that has resulted in the detention of political personalities and the killing of dozens of protestors.