Sudanese protests Military`s election plan

17 Jun 2019
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Sudan's opposition has rejected a plan by the country's military to hold elections within nine months, a day after more than 35 people were reportedly killed when security forces attacked a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum.

Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, said on Tuesday that an open-ended civil disobedience campaign would continue to try to force the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power to a civilian-led interim government. "What happened [on Monday] - the killing and injuring of protesters, the humiliation - was a systematic and planned attempt to impose repression on the Sudanese people," Madani told the Reuters news agency.

The TMC removed veteran President Omar al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his authoritarian rule. But the security forces' bloody dispersal of a weeks-long sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum poses a new challenge to Sudan's protest movement. 

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded the protests against al-Bashir, called for an international committee to investigate the deaths in what it branded a "massacre".

The mood in Khartoum was very tense on Tuesday, with many roads barricaded by protesters, many shops shut and streets mostly empty. 

Security forces in the city center barred access to the former site of the sit-in outside the military's headquarters, the scene of Monday's violence. An Al Jazeera witness reported gunfire by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the capital. 

RSF vehicles were also patrolling the streets in Omdurman, on the other side of the River Nile from Khartoum, and firing into the air, according to the AFP.