Sudan’s streets are empty after military crackdown killed at least 100 peaceful protesters.
Pro-democracy group Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) called for a nationwide strike after military forces attacked a protest camp in the country’s capital of Khartoum on June 3. Local doctors said nearly 118 bodies were found floating in the Nile. Protesters have gathered in the streets for weeks to demand the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) hand power over to a civilian-led government.
The TMC took power after months of protest resulted in the ousting of long-time President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. They had initially agreed on a three-year transition plan to a democratic government. But many pro-democracy activists say they don’t trust the military after the recent attacks. Government officials claimed that protesters closing off roads and setting up barricades constituted criminal activity.
The government has shut off internet access in large parts of the country, leaving protesters unable to organize. Sudan’s ruling military council says they are investigating the deaths. Some business owners are distributing food to ensure people can still eat during the strikes. Security forces are stationed around Khartoum and gunshots have been reported around the city, but protesters say they will not back down.