The Washington Post
General strike begins amid harsh crackdown
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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