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02 Jul 2019 | 04:13 AM UTC

Sudan: Further nationwide protests planned for July 13-14 /update 99

Sudan News Alert

Opposition leaders call for mass protests on July 13 and a general strike on July 14 to demand a civilian government; clashes between security forces and protesters possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/30/2019, 11:00 PM until 7/15/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Khartoum, Sudan, Sudan

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Event

Leaders of the Alliance for Freedom and Change and the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) are calling for further demonstrations across the country on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. Mass protests will be held nationwide on July 13, with a series of smaller marches and rallies to be held daily starting on Wednesday, July 3. On July 14, a day of civil disobedience and a general strike is scheduled to be held throughout the country. Main protests are expected to be held in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. The demonstrations are being held to demand a transition to civilian rule and denounce the killing of at least seven protesters during nationwide protests on Sunday, June 30.

Tensions remain high across the country and the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) may attempt to prevent further mass protests from being held. Heightened security measures are expected nationwide, particularly in Khartoum, over the coming days and clashes between protesters and security forces are possible. Internet service and telecommunications disruptions are ongoing as of Monday, July 1, and will likely persist in the coming weeks. Transportation and business disruptions are also likely, particularly on July 13-14.

Context

Tens of thousands of people participated in Sunday's "March of Millions" rallies to demand a transition to civilian rule and to mark the 30th anniversary of the coup that brought now-ousted President Omar al-Bashir to power. Opposition activists have reported at least seven people killed and over 200 wounded by live ammunition, tear gas, or batons. Sudanese security forces and affiliated militias violently dispersed a pro-civilian rule sit-in in Khartoum on June 3. More than 128 people were killed, and hundreds wounded in the assault on the protest camp. Protesters also reported several cases of rape and other atrocities.

Following months of protests, President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office on April 11 in a military coup. The military dissolved the government and formed the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and announced it would rule until presidential elections could be held in two years. An ongoing sit-in demonstration was held until June 3 to demand increased civilian participation in negotiations. Protests have slowly resumed since then. 

Advice

Individuals in Sudan, particularly Omdurman and Khartoum, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation, business, and telecommunications disruptions and a heightened security presence, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, refrain from nonessential movement, maintain redundant modes of communication, and avoid all protests due to the risk of violence.

 

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