Sudanese opposition rejects military's transition plan after day of violence

Sudanese opposition rejects military's transition plan after day of violence

Local media reported earlier in the day that the forces of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) had started a crackdown on a sit-in protest in the capital of Khartoum, by firing at the demonstrators.

The United States called it a "brutal" crackdown on protesters, who want the generals behind the overthrow of veteran president Omar al-Bashir to hand over to civilian rule.

They said their supporters were shutting down Khartoum's airport as part of a widening strike action to put pressure on the military council that now controls the country.

It holds the leaders and members of the military junta criminally responsible for the blood that has been shed since April 11 and will work to bring them to fair trial before a fair and impartial judiciary in the inevitably victorious Sudan.

"During the execution of the campaign, large numbers of these groups took shelter in the sit-in square, which led some of the square's officers, based on their judgment, to follow and chase them, which led to losses and injuries".

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) denied that, with a spokesman, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, telling Reuter's security forces were pursuing "unruly elements" who had fled to the protest site and caused chaos.

The US said it was a "brutal attack" while the United Kingdom called it "outrageous".


Sudanese opposition accused the transitional military council of dispersing a peaceful rally and called for mass protests across the country and the immediate withdrawal of the military council from power.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the violence and "the use of force to disperse the protesters" at a sit-in in Sudan, saying in a statement that he was also alarmed at reports that "security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities".

She's calling Monday's violence a "slap in the face for those who have been pursing dialogue to achieve a handover to civilian government".

As the Transition Military Council brutalises the protest movement, it shows the "Deep State" is unwilling to give up its grip on power, which could lead the country into further violence.

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The Transitional Military Council (TMC) had offered to let protesters form a government but insisted on maintaining overall authority during an interim period.

Sudanese monitors on the ground estimated that more than 100 protesters were killed, including many since April 6 when protesters converged on the army headquarters in Khartoum, prompting al-Bashir's ouster.

But protest leaders said astronomers at Khartoum University had determined that Tuesday was the first day of the holiday and called on supporters to come out to "pray for the martyrs". Yesterday, the TMC proposed a plan to hold elections within nine months.


"Responsibility falls on the TMC", read the tweet.

Al Nahda also expressed "its full solidarity with the peaceful movement in Sudan and the aspiration of the Sudanese people for freedom and democracy and their principled rejection of the legitimate popular demands of violence and weapons".

"We are holding the transitional military council (TMC) responsible for what happened this morning", the SPA said, referring to the military council which now runs the country.

Protesters meanwhile remain in the streets demanding that the military yield power to a civilian authority.

The TMC chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last week visited UAE and Egypt while his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo visited Saudi Arabia. His troops effectively control central Khartoum and a counter-coup by pro-revolutionary soldiers would likely lead to fierce fighting.

"We are waiting impatiently for elections, but in such a situation, we do not need any military government or any elections", one protester, Mohammed Adam Ibrahim, told the AP.


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