"Civilian rule is the people's choice," protestors chanted as they set up barricades of burning tyres.

The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been established to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow of long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago.

The people of Sudan, find themselves on the streets again, demanding to be heard, and demanding for democracy.

The main opposition, Forces of Freedom and Change, who were at the forefront of Bashir's removal and led the the military-civilian council negotiations, said on Twitter it was calling for "peaceful actions in the streets to overthrow the military takeover, including demonstrations, the blocking of streets and civil disobedience."

Tens of thousands of people have faced gunfire in the country's capital, Khartoum, after taking to the streets to oppose the military take-over.

Sudan's post colonial history has been entrenched in military coups, since 1956 it has had difficulty finding a political system that works well for its people.

It was intended for the military to pass on leadership to the Sovereign Council to a civilian body, but the sooner that reality came, the more complications exacerbated, specifically regarding to the handing over of Bashir to the Hague.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife were detained and taken to an undisclosed location. Multiple government ministers and officials were also arrested.

The military takeover is a direct threat to democracy in Sudan. After decades of severe autocracy, global shunning and a continued economic crisis, the people catalysed a movement that would mean positivity for all, only to be stunted by the present military coup.

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