Sudan protesters threaten military with civil disobedience

The threat comes after a two-day strike meant to pressure the military showed no tangible effects.
Thursday 30/05/2019
Sudanese protesters gather during a demonstration outside the Central Bank in Khartoum on May 29, 2019. (AFP)
Sudanese protesters gather during a demonstration outside the Central Bank in Khartoum on May 29, 2019. (AFP)

Sudan’s protesters are threatening a civil disobedience campaign if the ruling military refuses to hand over power to civilians.

The threat comes after a two-day strike meant to pressure the military showed no tangible effects.

The coalition representing the protesters and opposition groups — known as Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change — claims the strike was a success.

It also chastised the security forces for intimidating the strikers by firing warning shots. Gunfire killed a female street vendor late on Wednesday.

Saddiq Farouk, head of the Sudanese Professional Association that’s been behind the protests that drove longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir from power last month, said the military’s stand would lead to “more escalation.”

Negotiations between the protesters and the military about the handover of power have stalled.

(AP)