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Sudan: Nationwide rallies planned March 28 /update 44

Civil society group calls for rallies throughout Sudan, including in Khartoum, on March 28; heightened security measures and localized disruptions expected

28 Mar 01:32 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/27/2019, 11:00 PM until 4/5/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan
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Event

The Sudanese Professional Association is calling for supporters to rally in cities throughout the country on Thursday, March 28, to demand that President Omar al-Bashir step down. Protests are possible in Khartoum, Kassala, Damadani, Port Sudan, Sennar, Hasahisa, Gedaref, Nahud, Omdurman, and Khartoum North. The demonstrations are focused on improving living conditions for children throughout Sudan. Heightened security measures and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide, notably in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. 

Further related protests are likely to take place nationwide in the coming days.

Context

Anti-government protests began on December 19, 2018, as hundreds of protesters gathered in major urban centers - notably Atbara (River Nile state), Al-Qadarif (Al-Qadarif state), Port Sudan (Red Sea state), Khartoum, and Al-Fashir and Nyala in Darfur region. Protesters initially demanded increased government transparency and economic reforms but have since broadened their scope to demand the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power since 1989 and has vowed not to step down until at least 2020.

President Omar al-Bashir declared a one-year state of emergency on February 22, dissolved the cabinet, and dismissed all state governors; the length of the state of emergency was subsequently reduced to six months by parliamentary vote, and is expected to remain in effect until August 2019. Bashir also banned all unauthorized rallies and gatherings on February 25, following weeks of anti-government protests. Opposition leaders have defied the declaration and have called on supporters to continue protesting.

Advice

Individuals in Sudan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, anticipate disruptions to transportation and business near demonstration sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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