Businesses remain shut on day three of Sudan strike

Businesses remain shut on day three of Sudan strike

"Such a campaign does not lead to killing people and at the same time puts pressure on the military council".

"The Military Council has made a decision to reinforce the presence of armed forces, RSF and other regular forces to help normal life return", the council member said, including the feared Rapid Support Forces, blamed by witnesses for the killings last week as a sit-in protest outside army headquarters was cleared.

The SPLM joined the alliance of Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, the movement that led protests against Al-Bashir.

Abiy said on Monday on Twitter he had spoken to the head of the military council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, about "mediation progress".

The top U.S. diplomat to Africa is heading to Sudan in an attempt to negotiate between the ruling generals and protest leaders and to call for an end to violence and intimidation by paramilitaries loyal to the junta. Various powers, including Russian Federation and the Gulf Arab states, are trying to influence its path.

The Sudanese authorities has deported three leaders of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, following their release from police.

"The civil disobedience movement will begin Sunday and end only when a civilian government announces itself in power on state television", the SPA said in a statement.

The plan appears to build on a proposal made by the Ethiopian premier during his mediation visit to Khartoum last week, the news agency said, without divulging the identity of the opposition leader.

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The council could not be reached for comment.

Lieutenant General Jamaleddine Omar, a military council member, said on state television late on Sunday: "The military council has chose to reinforce the presence of armed forces, RSF [Rapid Support Forces] and other regular forces to help normal life return".

"That is not in keeping with our existing agreement with the Sudanese government and our insistence that the facilities be used exclusively for civilian purposes", she said.

The civil disobedience campaign was called after men in military fatigues carried out a brutal crackdown on protesters at the weeks-long sit-in outside the army complex on June 3.

But NetBlocks' findings come after opposition activists reported internet connectivity issues in Sudan after a military crackdown on protesters left more than 100 people dead and many others injured in the capital Khartoum last week. The government has confirmed 61 deaths, including three members of the security services.

Despite intimidation, workers refused to turn up, leaving streets in the capital Khartoum deserted, with shops and businesses closed.

But protesters who have campaigned for the civil disobedience say the agitation has been successful so far.

"If I work it does not mean that I don´t support the revolution", said bus driver Abdulmajid Mohamed.

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