Security forces reportedly fired tear gas, live ammunition, and rubber bullets to disperse protesters staging a sit-in demonstration outside Sudan's Ministry of Defense in Khartoum on Monday, April 8. Some soldiers also reportedly attempted to protect the anti-government protesters as they gathered to stage a sit-in outside the complex for a third consecutive day; ensuing clashes left at least one soldier killed and some 90 other people wounded, according to protest organizers. Another person was also beaten and killed by security forces in a different part of Khartoum on Monday, per local sources. Several anti-government demonstrators have been killed in related protests and clashes since Saturday, April 6.
Heightened security measures and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide - notably in Khartoum, Khartoum North, and Omdurman - near demonstration sites over the coming hours and days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
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 the 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.
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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