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June 5 - 2019 DABANGA SUDAN
Boy at the sit-in in Khartoum, which was broken up on 3 June 2019 by the military junta (Social media)
Boy at the sit-in in Khartoum, which was broken up on 3 June 2019 by the military junta (Social media)

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's news highlights from Darfur and Sudan

The Khartoum sit-in was broken up this Monday, following last week's two-day mass strike across Sudan. JEM leader Ibrahim El Maz Deng was seized at his home in Khartoum, and elsewhere, RSF militia clashed with Central Darfur rebels. Here's a roundup of Sudan this week:

♦ 35 dead as Sudan junta ends Khartoum sit-in by force

June 3 - 2019 KHARTOUM At least 35 protestors were killed, according to the Sudanese Doctor's Central Committee, following actions yesterday by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia and police forcibly to end the sit-in that has been sustained since April 6 at the army’s general command in Khartoum. Tents of the protesters were set on fire and roads were blocked to prevent demonstrators from returning to the site.

The Sudanese Doctors Central Committee, that has been at the heart of the protests, initially confirmed nine dead, but it is feared more people have been killed and the latest estimate yesterday evening was 13. The figure is now 35. The committee said the number is likely to rise as many casualties are still unaccounted for.

The violent dispersal of the Khartoum sit-in today has confirmed fears voiced by the Sudan Professionals Association (SPA) on Sunday, which said it had reason to believe that the military junta was systematically planning to end the peaceful sit-in. In a statement, the SPA said the Transitional Military Council would be held accountable and called for a campaign of civil disobedience: "It is imperative to go out to the streets to protect the revolution and the remaining dignity. Our weapons are peace and courage."

The National Consensus Forces (a coalition of progressive opposition parties) described the junta’s recent statement describing the sit-in as a danger to Sudan as merely an attempt to describe the peaceful sit-ins as a crime scene.

♦ Central Darfur rebels ‘repel RSF offensive’ in Jebel Marra

June 3 - 2019 JEBEL MARRA The Sudan Liberation Movement under the leadership of Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW) claims that RSF militia launched an offensive on its positions in Jebel Marra in Central Darfur on Saturday. The movement says it repelled the attack. In a statement on Sunday, the SLM-AW military spokesman Waleed Abakar,, said that the movement’s forces “confronted the aggressor” in the area of Rari and Barbara in Jebel Marra, and managed to repel the attack after the RSF lost lives and equipment. Abakar also reported that RSF militiamen shot Eisa Adam Suleiman dead, and wounded Adam Yahya (nicknamed Fati), and Mohamed Haroun Mousa on the Feina Kidigir road in Jebel Marra on Thursday. He said that the assailants seized all their belongings. Two months ago, the SLM announced it also repelled an attack by the RSF.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

Sudan military junta: ‘Sit-in has become a threat to the country’

June 2 - 2019 KHARTOUM According to Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) the sit-in in front of the Sudanese army command in Khartoum has become “a threat to the country and ...

UN Secretary-General urges Sudan parties to resume talks

June 1 - 2019 NEW YORK Following growing attacks on protestors at the sit-in in Khartoum last week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for utmost restraint in Sudan ...

Leading JEM member seized in Sudan capital

May 31 - 2019 KHARTOUM Military police seized Ibrahim El Maz Deng, a leading member of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), near his home in Khartoum North on Wednesday ...

Young man killed by Sudanese government forces near Khartoum sit-in

May 31 - 2019 KHARTOUM A young man was killed and several others were wounded when government forces shot at protesters on Nile Street near the sit-in in front of the General …

Sudan general strike swells on second day

May 30 - 2019 SUDAN The second day of the mass strike called for May 28-29 by the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), on Wednesday expanded into new vital sectors in Khartoum ...

AFC: First day of Sudan general strike unprecedented success

May 29 - 2019 SUDAN Sudanese professionals, airport, office and factory workers, medical personnel, and civil servants have responded in huge numbers across all sectors and states of …

Sudan junta V-P Hemeti: ‘We have been deceived by the slogans of the AFC’

May 29 - 2019 KHARTOUM Maj Gen Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Sudan’s main militia, and vice-president of the Transitional Military Council ...

General strike: RSF storm Central Bank of Sudan, electricity company

May 29 - 2019 KHARTOUM Paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and other regular forces stormed the offices of the electricity company in the well-heeled El Riyad district in ...

General strike: ‘Sudan closed for renovations’

May 28 - 2019 SUDAN The two-day general strike called for by the Alliance for Freedom Change (AFC) has begun in all parts of Sudan today, to pressure the Transitional Military Council ...

RSF livestock raids leave two dead, and three injured in North Darfur

May 28 - 2019 TAWILA Two people were shot dead and two others, including a minor, wounded in attacks by gunmen in Tawila locality in North Darfur on Saturday. Members of the Rapid ...


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