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28 Jul 2019 | 06:02 AM UTC

Sudan: Rallies planned in Khartoum and other cities July 28 /update 111

Sudan News Alert

Opposition group organizes march in Khartoum on July 28, with associated rallies possible in other cities; heightened security measures and traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/27/2019, 11:00 PM until 8/4/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Khartoum, Sudan, Khartoum North

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The Sudanese Professionals Association is organizing a protest march in Khartoum on Sunday, July 28. Supporters are being asked to gather at the Market 4 junction at 16:00 (local time) before marching to the University of Garden City. Associated rallies are also possible in other major urban areas, including Khartoum North and Omdurman. A heightened security presence and other localized disruptions are possible during the protests; clashes with security forces cannot be ruled out.


Political tensions remain high in Sudan after military officials claimed on July 24 that another coup d'état attempt against ruling generals had been foiled. At least a dozen people were arrested, including high-ranking military officers and leaders of the Islamic Movement and the National Congress Party. The alleged coup attempt marks the second coup d'état plot thwarted this month in Sudan and comes as the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and opposition-led groups are working to settle a power-sharing deal that would outline a three-year transition process that culminates with elections.

The TMC came to power after removing President Omar al-Bashir from office on April 11 following months of protests. Initially, the council announced it would rule until presidential elections could be held in two years. A sit-in demonstration was held in Khartoum until June 3 to demand increased civilian participation in negotiations, when it was violently dispersed by security forces. On July 3, opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change leaders agreed to participate in direct negotiations with the TMC; talks were previously suspended in May due to a dispute over whether a civilian or military official should rule the transitional body.


Individuals in Sudan, particularly those in Khartoum and other urban areas, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, refrain from nonessential movement, and avoid all protests due to the risk of violence.


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