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05 May 2019 | 05:43 AM UTC

Sudan: Protests to continue in Khartoum May 5 /update 70

Sudan News Alert

Civil society group calls for march in Khartoum on May 5 following clashes between protesters and security forces in Nyala on May 4; heightened security measures expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/4/2019, 11:00 PM until 5/10/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan, Khartoum

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Event

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) is calling for a march in Khartoum on Sunday, May 5, to denounce recent violence against protesters and to call for a civilian government. Sunday’s march is expected to start at the intersection of Shaqalban and outside the Ministry of Justice, beginning at 15:00 (local time). Participants will then walk to the General Command building, where a sit-in protest is ongoing. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated along the march route.

On Saturday, May 4, protesters were violently dispersed in the city of Nyala (South Darfur). Around 5000 people marched from the Atash displaced peoples camp to a military installation. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the crowd after demonstrators allegedly attempted to seize military vehicles. Local officials said that four security personnel were wounded in the clashes.

Continuing demonstrations and associated clashes between protesters and security forces are to be expected in Sudan, particularly in Khartoum, over the coming days and weeks. Localized transportation and business disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites. 

Context

President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office on April 11 following a military coup led by Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf. Following the formation of the Supreme Security Committee, Ibn Auf announced that the military had dissolved the government, suspended the constitution, and would rule the country for two years in a transitional government - known as the Transitional Military Council (TMC) - after which time fresh presidential elections would be held. However, Ibn Auf and his deputy resigned on April 12; Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was later named the head of the TMC. Opposition leaders and the TMC have held negotiations over the composition of the council, although both sides have disagreed on the scope of the military's role in the new government. 

A three-month state of emergency remains in place and Sudanese border crossings have been closed until further notice. The US State Department issued a notice on April 11 calling for all non-emergency government employees to evacuate from Sudan as a precaution. US diplomatic authorities have also warned US citizens to refrain from all travel to the country until further notice.

Advice

Individuals in Sudan, particularly those in Khartoum and the surrounding areas, are advised to closely monitor the situation, refrain from all nonessential 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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