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19 mars 2019 | 08h48 UTC

Sudan: Nationwide general strike March 19 /update 40

Sudan Alerte de sécurité

Anti-government activists call for a nationwide general strike on March 19; related protests likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/3/2019, 11h00 until 22/3/2019, 10h59 (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan

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Event

Opposition acitvists have called for a nationwide general strike to take place on Tuesday, March 19, to demand the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir and denounce recent governmental reforms. As such, disruptions to daily life activities (transportation, business closure, impact on health, government, and education services) are likely throughout the day. Associated protests are likely, notably in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. Heightened security measures and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide.

Further related protests are likely to take place nationwide in the coming days.

Context

Protesters gathered in front of the National Intelligence and Security Service building on Sunday, March 17, ending when security forces dispersed the crowd with tear gas. Anti-government protests began on December 19, 2018, as hundreds of protesters gathered in major urban centers - notably Atbara (River Nile state), Al-Qadarif (Al-Qadarif state), Port Sudan (Red Sea state), Khartoum, and Al-Fashir and Nyala in Darfur region. Protesters initially demanded increased government transparency and economic reforms but have since broadened their scope to demand the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power since 1989 and has vowed not to step down until at least 2020. Human rights groups claim that over 50 people have been killed and 1000 others arrested since the protests began.

President Omar al-Bashir declared a one-year state of emergency on February 22, dissolved the cabinet, and dismissed all state governors; the length of the state of emergency was subsequently reduced to six months by parliamentary vote, and is expected to remain in effect until August 2019. Bashir also banned all unauthorized rallies and gatherings on February 25, following weeks of anti-government protests. Opposition leaders have defied the declaration and have called on supporters to continue protesting.

Advice

Individuals in Sudan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, anticipate disruptions to transportation and business near demonstration sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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