Protesters gathered in the Soba El Aradi area of Khartoum for a second week on Tuesday, July 14, calling for political reform. According to media sources, demonstrators are demanding the provision of water, electricity, education, and health services. Similar rallies have seen police forcibly disperse protesters and associated disruptions in the vicinity.
Further protests and associated disruptions are to be expected in Khartoum in the near term.
Sudan is currently in a three-year transition period under a joint civilian-military administration after the long-serving president Omar al-Bashir was ousted amid widespread anti-government protests in April 2019. However, pro-democracy groups under the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) have continued to press for the expedited transfer to full civilian rule ahead of elections in 2022.
Tensions also remain over the clearing of pro-democracy sit-ins in Khartoum by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia on June 3 2019, during which over 100 protesters were killed. The transitional government has promised a full investigation into the incident, but the leader of the RSF Mohamed Hamdan 'Hemedti' Dagalo remains an influential figure in the transitional administration and there has so far been little accountability for the incident.
Those in Khartoum and over major cities are advised to monitor developments, minimise non-essential travel, and heed any directives issued by local authorities. All demonstrations and political gatherings in Sudan should be avoided due to the high risk of incidental violence and aggressive crowd-dispersal operations by security forces.
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