The interim military council in Sudan Sunday asked tens of thousands of demonstrators camping in front of the military compound in capital Khartoum to remove road blocks, in sign of growing breakup between the two sides.
A sea of peaceful protestors has been staging a sit-in for two weeks in front the military camp in demand for power handover to a transitional civilian rule to prepare elections for the post-Omar Bashir era.
After they managed to get Bashir’s arrest by the army after several months of protests, the demonstrators have submitted a number of demands, including an immediate power handover.
The council has been reluctant to fulfil the demands and Sunday leaders of the uprising said they had suspended negotiation with the council adding that they opted for an escalation of the protests until their demands are met.
The military council leader Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan Sunday asked the demonstrators to break the road locks erected in the capital, reports say.
The threat from the head of the council and the decision by the protest leaders to step up pressure are the first signs of real crack between the two sides.
The council, BBC reports, said it is committed to hand over power but opts for a joint military-civilian council while insisting it is responsible for security in the country.