Some 3,000 protesters in Khartoum on Saturday rejected UN mediation efforts between civilian and military leaders as “foreign interference” and called for Islamist rule in Sudan, an AFP correspondent said. A military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last year derailed a fragile transition to civilian rule after the 2019 ouster of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir. For 12 months, near weekly anti-coup protests have been met with force, and efforts by the United Nations and other international actors to bring Sudan’s military government and civilian leaders to the table have stalled. The crowd that gathered Saturday in front of the headquarters of the UN mission in Sudan chanted pro-Bashir slogans and burned photos of UN envoy Volker Perthes. One demonstrator told AFP he wanted “the armed forces to side with the people and kick Volker out today”. Some waved banners reading “No to foreign interference” and “No to the UN”. With police standing nearby, an AFP correspondent said some protesters chanted “Volker, you mole, we beheaded Gordon,” referring to British general Charles Gordon who was killed in an 1885 revolt in Sudan. The country has been grappling with deepening political unrest and a spiralling economic crisis since Burhan seized power on October 25, 2021 and arrested the civilian leaders with whom he had agreed to share power. Civilian leaders have refused to negotiate with the military before it commits to a timetable for full withdrawal from power.