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Sudan strike continues as protesters start ‘civil disobedience’

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[shops remained closed as protesters start 'civil disobedience',photo/courtesy]

The opposition in Sudan called for a campaign of civil disobedience including a national strike, which began on Sunday.

The call for the campaign by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which first launched the protests against former President Omar Al-Bashir, came days after a bloody crackdown on demonstrators left dozens dead in the capital Khartoum.

According to reports, more than 100 peaceful protesters have been killed so far.

In a statement by the SPA, the civil disobedience movement will begin Sunday and end only when a civilian government announces itself in power on state television.

Disobedience is a peaceful act capable of bringing to its knees the most powerful weapons arsenal in the world,” the statement added.

Most shops, markets, and banks in the capital, as well as in several other cities, remained closed as staff followed instructions from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the pro-democracy opposition, to not attend work.

In a bid to get their voices heard, the protesters have used several measures to express their dissatisfaction including setting up roadblocks across the capital. Social media users with access to a connection reported that the country’s internet was blocked by the ruling military government.

The military took over Sudan after persistent protests led to the ousting of longtime President Omar al-Bashir in April. A military council promised a transition to civilian rule.

 

Since then, it has resisted calls from protesters and Western nations to transfer power to a civilian administration.

But pro-democracy campaigners say the military council cannot be trusted after Monday’s crackdown against a sit-in demonstration in Khartoum – and they have rejected an offer of talks.