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30 Jun 2019 | 10:26 AM UTC

Sudan: Mass protests ongoing nationwide June 30 /update 95

Protesters gather nationwide, particularly in Khartoum and Omdurman, on June 30 to call for a new civilian government; increased security presence reported

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Event

Mass protests are ongoing throughout Sudan as of 17:00 (local time) on Monday, June 30. Main demonstrations are being held in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) is calling for supporters to gather outside of the presidential palace. Large crowds have also been reported on Africa Avenue. Isolated clashes between protesters and security forces have been reported in the city, along with tear gas being used to disperse crowds. Local media sources also claim that the police and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) surrounded the market in Nyala (Darfur region). Tensions remain high and further clashes between protesters and security forces are possible. Internet service and telecommunication disruptions are ongoing and likely to continue over the coming hours.

Rallies are being organized throughout the country under the name “March of Millions” to demand a transition to civilian rule and to mark the 30th anniversary of the coup that brought now-ousted President Omar al-Bashir to power.

Context

Sudanese security forces and affiliated militias violently dispersed a pro-civilian rule sit-in in Khartoum on June 3. More than 128 people were killed, and hundreds wounded in the assault on the protest camp. Protesters also reported several cases of rape and other atrocities.

Following months of protests, President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office on April 11 in a military coup. The military dissolved the government and formed the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and announced it would rule until presidential elections could be held in two years. An ongoing sit-in demonstration was held until June 3 to demand increased civilian participation in negotiations. Protests have slowly resumed since then.

Advice

Individuals in Sudan, particularly Omdurman and Khartoum, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation, business, and telecommunication disruptions and a heightened security presence, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, refrain from nonessential movement, maintain redundant modes of communication, and avoid all protests due to the risk of violence.

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