The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) is planning to hold another demonstration march in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman on Thursday, May 30, to demand a transitional civilian government. Supporters are being asked to gather at Major Wad al-Bashir in Omdurman starting at 20:00 (local time). Demonstrators will march south to Hamad Al Neel Cemetery before traveling east towards Military Hospital and ending on El Baladiya Avenue near the military’s General Command in Khartoum. Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions are expected along the march route and near any demonstrations.
SPA leaders have also called for increased resistance after a pregnant woman was reportedly shot and killed by a soldier outside of the army’s headquarters. The incident occurred during a nationwide general strike organized by the SPA and other organizations. Related protests and demonstrations are anticipated in the coming days and weeks. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
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 since then held negotiations over the composition of the sovereign council - which would rule the country until the elections - and the duration of the transitional period, and were about to complete the agreement on a three-year transitional period, before it was halted until further notice on May 20.
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.
Individuals in Sudan, particularly those in Khartoum and 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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