June 13, 2019
Leaders of the country’s protest movement accuse the ruling military of pursuing a brutal crackdown on protestors
Members of Sudan’s alliance of opposition and protest groups chant slogans outside Sudan’s Central Bank during the second day of a strike, as tensions mounted with the country’s military rulers over the transition to democracy, in Khartoum, Sudan May 29, 2019. (FILE/Reuters)
KHARTOUM – An African Union envoy is in Sudan to mediate the crisis as leaders of the country’s protest movement accuse the ruling military of pursuing a brutal crackdown on protesters.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, which was behind rallies that drove longtime autocrat Omar Al-Bashir from power in April, released a statement on Thursday saying the military authorities are arresting and intimidating people who took part in a general strike this week.
Activists called off the strike and civil disobedience campaign as the US and Ethiopia stepped up efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, following last week’s clampdown by security forces on pro-democracy demonstrators that killed over 100 people.
The AU envoy to Sudan, Ahmed Labbat, was to brief the media later in the day on his mediation efforts.