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Protesters urge night rallies amid standoff with army

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Military forces secure the area outside while Sudan’s ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, is questioned at the prosecutor’s office over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on Sunday, June 16.


Sudan’s protest leaders are calling for night time demonstrations and marches in the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere in the country, amid a tense standoff with the ruling military.

The protest leaders said on Monday they’ve begun a “revolutionary escalation” to pressure the country’s generals to hand over power to civilians and to condemn the military’s violent dispersal of their sit-in camp in Khartoum earlier this month.

At least 128 people have died in the military’s crackdown since the June 3 dispersal.

The group representing the protesters – known as the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change – says the night rallies will begin tonight (yesterday) and marches on Thursday.

The military, which took over after ousting long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April following mass protests, refuses to relinquish power.