Sudan is currently in a humanitarian crisis after an attack on June 3 in a protest camp in the country’s capital city, Khartoum.
Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), a pre-democracy group, called a nationwide strike against Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the military forces, who attacked the Sudanese protesters.
118 bodies were reported dead and were found in the Nile River, according to the local doctors.
Military forces have been arresting and detaining hundreds of people including the Sudan’s People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) chairperson, Yassir Saeed Arman.
Yassir was one of the leaders in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement negotiations to end the war between the north and south war of Sudan in 2005. He now has an unwarranted death sentence hanging over his head.
The Peaceful Protesters
For weeks, protesters have gathered in the streets to demand the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) to turn over the power to a civilian-led government.
At first, TMC took the power after months of protests that resulted in the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir in April 2019 in a bloodless coup. Former president Al-Bashir ruled Sudan for 30 years.
The joyful crowds of Sudanese people have serenaded the President’s departure by painting their faces the colours of Sudanese flag that which was tragically let down.
A 3-year transition plan to a democratic government was initially agreed upon, but pro-democracy activists have no trust in the ruling of the military.
TMC took over the power but they do not have the intention of having fair elections.
Democracy, this is what the people of Sudan is clamoring!
The Attack in Khartoum
Alas, on June 3, RFS, the paramilitary group, started slaughtering the peaceful protesters.
Government officials insist that the closing off roads and setting up barricades of the protesters constituted criminal activity.
Then, the government has shut off Internet access in many parts of the country, so the protesters wouldn’t be able to organize.
TMC are now investigating about the deaths of the 118 found bodies.
Security forces are stationed around Khartoum with the presence of gunshots carried by military officers.
“The current stance is that the revolution is on-going, and that the peaceful methods of resistance continue. I believe that the revolutionary road taken since December will reach its goal in the end. Maybe tonight, a month from now, or a year from now. That does not matter. What matters is that the will of the Sudanese people remains unbroken.” (translated) said Khaled Omar, who is the leader of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces.
Duration of the Strike
There is no indication about the duration of the strike.
The streets of Sudan has been empty these past few days. Only some of state banks and public utility offices have remained open.
Moreover, in a statement from the Sudanese professionals, “Disobedience is a peaceful act capable of bringing to its knees the most powerful weapons arsenal in the world.”
Thus, will Sudanese people be able to attain democracy?