Troops move to crush pro-democ­racy camp

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Su­dan’s rul­ing mil­i­tary moved to crush the protest move­ment op­pos­ing its grip on power as se­cu­rity forces over­ran the main sit-in site in the cap­i­tal of Khar­toum early Mon­day, un­leash­ing fu­ri­ous vol­leys of gun­fire, burn­ing down tents and killing at least 30 peo­ple, wit­nesses and protest lead­ers said.

With the as­sault, the gen­er­als sig­naled an end of their tol­er­ance of the pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tors, who for months have been camped out­side the mil­i­tary’s head­quar­ters as the two sides ne­go­ti­ated over who would run the coun­try af­ter the April ouster of long­time strongman Omar alBashir.

Af­ter they suc­ceeded in forc­ing the mil­i­tary to re­move al-Bashir, the pro­test­ers had stayed in the streets, de­mand­ing the gen­er­als move to the back­ground and al­low civil­ians to lead the tran­si­tion.

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