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Gen­eral strike begins amid harsh crack­down

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Shops were closed and streets were empty across Su­dan on Sun­day, the first day of a gen­eral strike called for by protest lead­ers de­mand­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the rul­ing mil­i­tary coun­cil.

The Su­danese Pro­fes­sion­als As­so­ci­a­tion had called on peo­ple to stay home start­ing Sun­day, the first day of the work­week, to protest the deadly crack­down last week, when se­cu­rity forces vi­o­lently dis­persed the group’s main sit-in out­side the mil­i­tary head­quar­ters in the cap­i­tal, Khar­toum.

The pro­test­ers say more than 100 peo­ple have been killed since the crack­down be­gan June 3.

The pro­test­ers have said they hope that by bring­ing daily life to a halt, they can force the mil­i­tary to hand over power to civil­ians. The mil­i­tary over­threw Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir in April af­ter four months of mass ral­lies but has re­jected de­mon­stra­tors’ de­mands for an im­me­di­ate move to civil­ian rule, in­stead push­ing for a tran­si­tional power-shar­ing ar­range­ment. — As­so­ci­ated Press

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 ?? ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS ?? Tightrope walker Maxim Ka­gin per­forms Satur­day on the Vino­gradovsky Bridge across the Yeni­sei River dur­ing the City Day cel­e­bra­tion in Kras­no­yarsk, Rus­sia. The an­nual hol­i­day is one of the city’s most sig­nif­i­cant and usu­ally in­cludes a car­ni­val pro­ces­sion, ac­cord­ing to Kras­no­yarsk city ad­min­is­tra­tors.
ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS Tightrope walker Maxim Ka­gin per­forms Satur­day on the Vino­gradovsky Bridge across the Yeni­sei River dur­ing the City Day cel­e­bra­tion in Kras­no­yarsk, Rus­sia. The an­nual hol­i­day is one of the city’s most sig­nif­i­cant and usu­ally in­cludes a car­ni­val pro­ces­sion, ac­cord­ing to Kras­no­yarsk city ad­min­is­tra­tors.

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