Sudan protests: Military calls for civilian negotiations

The main protest group accused the ruling military council of “a massacre”
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KHARTOUM, SUDAN – JUNE 03 : Sudanese protesters burn tyres and set up barricades on roads to army headquarters after the intervention of Sudanese army, during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan on June 3, 2019. At least 13 protesters were killed and hundreds injured on Monday as Sudanese security forces moved in to clear the main protest camp near the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, according to protest organizers. Mahmoud Hjaj / Anadolu Agency

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) said in a statement on Monday (June 3), read by a news anchor on Sudan TV, that it expresses its sorrow for the way events have escalated, and that it is renewing its invitation for negotiation with civilians. 

Reading the written statement, a Sudanese TV news anchor also said that “losses and injuries” were a result of the security forces trying to clear up an area characterized by “unlawful activities”, where after chasing the “trouble maker and petty criminals”, they made their way to the sit-in square. 

Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital on Monday (June 3) morning and at least thirty people were reported killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

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The main protest group accused the ruling military council of trying to break up the camp, calling the action “a massacre.” But the council said the security forces had targeted criminals in an adjacent area.

An alliance of protest and opposition groups said it was halting all contact with the military council. The two sides had been negotiating for weeks over who should govern in a transitional period following the overthrow of Bashir but the talks had become deadlocked.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) had offered to let protesters form a government but insists on maintaining overall authority during an interim period. The demonstrators want civilians to run the transitional period and lead Sudan’s 40 million people to democracy.

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