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Sudan: Tension remains high in Khartoum April 11 /update 58

Tension remains high in Khartoum after the military announced the formation of a transitional council on April 11 following President Bashir removal from office; protesters continue to rally and the airport is reportedly running normally

11 Apr 11:48 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/10/2019, 11:00 PM until 4/18/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan, Khartoum North
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Event

Tension remains high in Khartoum as of 14:00 (local time) on Thursday, April 11, as large crowds are gathered in front of the General Command of the Sudanese Army, awaiting an important statement from the army. Exchange of gunfire have been heard in the area. Earlier in the day, the Sudanese military reportedly announced that an interim transitional council has been formed following the removal of President Omar al-Bashir from office. According to media reports, the council will be headed by Minister of Defense and first Vice President Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf. Furthermore, the National Intelligence and Security Service has announced it is releasing all political detainees across the country,

A significantly heightened security presence has been reported in the capital Khartoum, with soldiers deployed at all major roads and bridges.  Reports indicate that around 100 individuals close to Bashir, including former and current government members, have been arrested. 

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has announced they will continue to rally until a new civilian government has been formed.

According to the Khartoum International Airport (KRT) spokesperson, movement at the airport is proceeding normally.  

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.

Context

Anti-government protests began on December 19, 2018, as hundreds of protesters gathered in major urban centers. 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 had been in power since 1989. President Omar al-Bashir declared a one-year state of emergency on February 22, dissolved the cabinet, and dismissed all state governors. Bashir also banned all unauthorized rallies and gatherings on February 25, following weeks of anti-government protests.

On Saturday, April 6, anti-government protesters held a sit-in at the Defense Ministry building. National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) forces attempted to disperse the protesters on Sunday, April 7, but military forces intervened, sparking violent clashes. Sporadic fighting continued along with ongoing demonstrations until Thursday, April 11. On the morning of Thursday, April 11, under pressure from the military, President Omar al-Bashir announced his resignation.

Advice

Individuals in Khartoum, and Sudan more generally, are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid unnecessary travel, remain vigilant of their surroundings and be aware of possible spontaneous protest activities, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and avoid all public gatherings and common demonstration sites due to the risk of violence and arrest.

 

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