Written by Staff Writer by Daniel Burke, CNN
If you want to get to the heart of Sudanese politics, you might start by joining a group of black-clad adults supporting a cross-party march in the African country.
The 120-strong group of western Sudanese have taken over half the capital Khartoum’s main square to show their support for a demonstration taking place across the country.
“We’re here to support the people. We’re here to support the democratic government,” said Laith al-Kharma, a member of the group from the Nuba Mountains.
Thousands of Sudanese have taken to the streets in recent weeks to demand a general election and reform of the state.
Mahmoud al-Deen, a member of the Sudanese Democratic Alliance party, told CNN that protesting rights was a human right and should be respected.
“We have right to demonstrate against the government’s abuses in Sudan,” he said.
Sudanese security forces reportedly fired tear gas and water cannons to break up a peaceful demonstration on May 3.