During the late hours (local time) of Tuesday, June 11, the Ethiopian mediator between the civilian opposition and military leaders said that the protesters have agreed to resume talks soon. While an exact date of the talks was not confirmed, the Alliance for Freedom and Change announced it will end the campaign of civil disobedience. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has also called for its supporters to return to work on Wednesday, June 12. In return, the military will reportedly release political prisoners.
Political tensions remain high in Sudan, and a heightened security presence is likely in throughout the country, particularly in Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. Further strikes and demonstrations may be organized by opposition groups if negotiations break down with the military. Continued disruptions to internet service and businesses are also possible.
Sudanese security and affiliated militia forces violently dispersed a sit-in demonstration outside the Defense Ministry in Khartoum on June 3, which prompted opposition supporters to organize the ongoing civil disobedience. Opposition-linked medics claimed that the death toll from the June 3 security operation had risen to 118, while the government announced 61 deaths. The updated figures come as Sudan's political opposition rejected the ruling Transitional Military Council's offer to resume talks amid growing international criticism of the regime over the killings.
President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office on April 11 following a military coup. The military then dissolved the government, suspended the constitution, and announced it 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. Sit-in demonstrations have continued in Khartoum as activists demand increased civilian participation in negotiations.
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. The UN also announced on June 5 that it would temporarily relocate non-program-critical staff from Sudan while continuing operations in the country. American and British diplomatic authorities have also warned their citizens to refrain from travel to the country until further notice. On June 6, the African Union (AU) suspended Sudan from the organization until a civilian rule is established.
Individuals in Sudan, and particularly those in Khartoum and Omdurman, are advised to closely monitor the situation, anticipate additional security operations and significant transportation and business disruptions, refrain from nonessential movement, and avoid all protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence.
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