Numerous arrests during nationwide strike in sudan

Numerous arrests during nationwide strike in sudan

Opposition groups in sudan began a nationwide strike on sunday. They want to put pressure on the military transitional council to hand over power to a civilian government.

It is about a "peaceful form of resistance", the trade union confederation SPA announced on twitter. Only doctors and nurses were exempt from the general strike so that sick and injured people could continue to be treated.

Security forces arrested dozens of opposition supporters on sunday. Airport workers and employees of the central bank of sudan were taken away, their colleagues told the german press agency.

The strike follows the alleged arrest of two opposition supporters. The general secretary of the rebel group SPLM-N, ismail jallab, and their spokesman, mubarak ardol, were arrested a few hours after a meeting with the athiopian prime minister abiy ahmed on friday, according to international media reports. The reports, which were based on unnamed sources, do not love to verify independently at first.

Abiy tries to mediate between the military leadership and the opposition in the crisis in neighboring sudan. On friday, he met with the military transitional council and members of the opposition alliance FFC.

Last monday, security forces violently broke up a week-long sit-in in khartoum that had been instrumental in toppling the country’s long-time leader, omar al-bashir. According to a medical association, more than 100 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the incident. Sudanese ministry of health gave the death toll as 61. Security forces continued to crack down on demonstrators in the days following the event.

President al-bashir, who had ruled the country with a heavy hand for three decades, was toppled by the forces of conflict in april. The coup was preceded by months of mass protests. Since then, the military and the opposition have struggled to form a transitional government.

Pope francis included sudanese in his prayers in peters square, rome, on sunday. "The news coming out of sudan these days is a source of pain and concern. Let us pray for this nation, that violence will cease and that dialogue will seek the common good," said the catholic leader.


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