A group of protesters acting like a mock TV crew interview a demonstrator in front of the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Umit BektasMore

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Huge crowds joined a protest outside Sudan’s defense ministry on Thursday to demand that the country’s transitional military council hand power to civilians, a Reuters witness said.

The crowds were the largest since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted a week ago and the military council took over, with hundreds of thousands packing the streets in the center of the capital by early evening.

Protesters chanted “Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people” and “Civilian rule, civilian rule”, and waved national flags overhead.

Activists who have been holding a sit-in outside the defense ministry compound in

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