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Sudan Protesters Urge Night Rallies Amid Standoff With Army

Sudan Protesters Urge Night Rallies Amid Standoff With Army

Monday, 17 June, 2019 - 13:00
A quote from the Sudanese opposition is seen on a wall Sunday, June 16, 2019, about the protesters who were killed by security forces on June 3, 2019, where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Sudan's protest leaders are calling for nighttime demonstrations and marches in the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere in the country, amid a tense standoff with the ruling military.

The protest leaders said on Monday they've begun a "revolutionary escalation" to pressure the country's generals to hand over power to civilians and to condemn the military's violent dispersal of their sit-in camp in Khartoum earlier this month.

At least 128 people have died in the military's crackdown since the June 3 dispersal.

The group representing the protesters - known as the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change - says the night rallies will begin on Tuesday and marches on Thursday.

The military, which took over after ousting longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April following mass protests, refuses to relinquish power.

In a related development, Sudan’s ex-president Omar al-Bashir was charged with corruption-related offenses on Sunday, as he appeared in public for the first time since he was overthrown and detained in April.

Looking much the same as prior to his removal by the military, he was driven to the prosecutor’s office in Khartoum.

He was charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, prosecutor Alaa al-Din Abdallah told media, adding that Bashir would be given the chance to respond to the accusations.

His trial will be a test of how serious the country’s transitional military council is about trying to erase the legacy of his autocratic 30-year rule, marked by widespread violence, economic collapse and the secession of South Sudan.

Bashir was charged last month with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters, and prosecutors also want him questioned over suspected money laundering and terrorism financing.

Sudan’s chief prosecutor said on Saturday that 41 former officials from Bashir’s administration were being investigated for suspected graft.

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