Sudanese face the police to try to take back the street


Khartoum – Sudanese protesters, called for "civil disobedience", try to regain the street after the violent evacuation of the sit-in in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum on June 3, but faced Sunday the repression of forces of the order.

With tires, bricks or even tree trunks, protesters began building new roadblocks in the morning in Bahri, a neighborhood north of the capital. But soon the riot police intervened and tried to disperse them with tear gas and shots in the air.

"Almost all roads in Bahri have dams. Protesters prevent even locals from going to work", for its part asserted a witness to AFP.

Perhaps sitting there one of their last cards, the leaders of the protest called on Saturday to "true disobedience"civilian from Sunday, and warned that it would stop only with the advent of a civilian government, their main claim since the fall of Omar al-Bashir on April 11.

"Civil disobedience and the general strike are our peaceful ways to wrest our right to life from the barbarism of the militia", said the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), spearheading the protest, in a statement.

– RSF Patrols –

Demonstrators accuse paramilitary RSF (Rapid Support Forces) – led by the dreaded general Mohammed Hamdan Daglo saidHemeidti"- to be at the origin of the dispersion of the camp in the center of Khartoum, occupied by thousands of Sudanese since April 6th.

The crackdown since that day killed 115 people, according to doctors close to the movement. Only 61, according to the government. In the days that followed, patrols of armed men continued to furrow the city, the inhabitants evoking a climate "terror".

On Sunday, several RSF vehicles, equipped with machine guns, still patrol the Sudanese capital. Some surround the main power plant to prevent power outages.

In some neighborhoods, public transport does not work.

At Khartoum airport, passengers are waiting for their flight to leave, not knowing if planes will take off.

– Roadblocks –

The movement, born December 19 after the government's decision to triple the price of bread, has been agitating the threat of civil disobedience for several weeks. At the end of May, a general strike had already been launched to bend the generals, in power since the dismissal of Mr. Bashir, paralyzing the country.

In Omdurman, the sister city of Khartoum, on the other side of the Nile, people went to buy groceries in grocery stores on Sunday, but most businesses and markets remained closed.

"Soldiers have been seen removing roadblocks in some streets of Omdurman"said a witness.

In Al-Obeid (center), the market is closed and several bank employees did not go to work, according to several witnesses.

In the city of Madani (center), queues formed in front of bakeries but the market remained closed. "I went to three bakeries and I could not buy breadAn inhabitant told AFP that the traffic is difficult in the city because of the roadblocks.

After an attempt by the Ethiopian Prime Minister to mediate in Khartoum on Friday, the leaders of the protest said they would continue discussions with the Transitional Military Council, subject to conditions.

Talks have been suspended since May 20, as the two sides failed to reach an agreement on the presidency and the composition of the Sovereign Council to handle the three-year transition period.

But, after their meeting with Abiy Ahmed, several representatives of the protest were arrested.

Mohamed Esmat, one of the leaders of the Alliance for Freedom and Change (ALC), at the forefront of the dispute, was taken Friday by "armed men"in front of the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum.

The following day, Ismail Jalab, secretary-general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-N, in conflict with Omar al-Bashir), was arrested at his home with his spokesman. Several relatives said they did not know where they were taken.


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