With protesters in Sudan planning to take to the streets for mass rallies called "million march" on Sunday, the country's ruling military council warned protest and opposition groups that they were being held responsible for death or damage.
] "We warn of the severity of the crisis our country is undergoing," said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) in a statement by state news agency SUNA on Saturday.
The TMC claimed to have closed the Alliance for Freedom and Change, which leads the protest movement, "fully responsible for any spirit lost in this march, or for any damage or harm to citizens or state institutions."
The Alliance has called for demonstrators to walk on the streets of Khartoum and Khartoum Other cities are calling on Sunday for the TMC's power to be extended to the civilian population and the judiciary over all through the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) during one bloody dispersal on June 3 of a protest camp before the head of the military lost life transfers lodging in the capital.
A group of physicians affiliated to the protest movement said at least 1
On Friday, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for the death penalty. TMC guaranteed the safety of the demonstrators on Sunday.
"The appalling, unprovoked use of deadly and unnecessary violence against peaceful demonstrators, as witnessed on June 3, may not be repeated or never repeated this Sunday," said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International
Sunday's rallies mark the 30th anniversary of the coup that brought long-time President Omar al-Bashir to power in 1989, overturning the newly elected Sudanese government.
The TMC and the opposition movement have been arguing for weeks about addressing a transition to elections following the military's deposition of al-Bashir on April 11 after months of protests by the people against his rule. [TMP] TMC Deputy Chairman General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo warned on Saturday of "Vandals" and a "hidden agenda" he plans to exploit to take advantage of Sunday's march.
Dagalo, better known as Hemeti, is also head of the dreaded RSF, said the use of security forces and troops in Khartoum was intended to "provide security for the people, not to harass them".
"People expect the security forces to react with violence, but there is no more fear and they are ready to go on fire," said Ahmed Hadra, a demonstrator detained at the beginning of the demonstrations in December 2018, opposite Al Jazeera.
has become the focus of protests against al-Bashir and the TMC, there has been an "alarming repatriation" regarding human rights.
"These include a continued shutdown of the Internet, attacks on the media and refusal to allow opposition groups to organize pub" This crackdown clearly points to the return of the repressive days associated with al-Bashir. "
For his Part Dagalo argued that the generals had no intention of remaining in power.
"The military council is only a guarantor," he said. "We say we want a civil government, a government of competencies, the independents , This is not political talk … That's true. "
Blocking a press conference
Later on Saturday, the protest organizers said ] RSF members had prevented their leaders from holding a press conference in Khartoum.
The Alliance's key group, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), convened a press conference on Saturday night to present plans for Sunday's rally. "Before we could begin the press conference, three RSF vehicles full of armed men arrived. to our building and told us we should not hold the press conference, "said Rabie.
Sudanese protesters accept Ethiopia's plan for political transition
They" also ordered all people to leave the building, "he added.
Samahir El Mubarak, SPA spokesman, told Al Jazeera that the conference was holding the event abruptly and also the live over transfer has been discontinued.
"They have taken over the SPA … they are staying over there, they do not allow any activity as the Internet services are blocked."
"You have tried any form of communication between the SPA and its members and the SPA and to prevent the public. It is obvious that they are worried about tomorrow's march, but we are confident … towards the Sudanese.
A local Sudanese journalist confirmed that armed men had prevented him and other journalists from attending the meeting in Khartoum's eastern district of Burri.
AU-Ethiopian meditation efforts.
Negotiations between demonstrators and Sudanese military leaders Little progress has been made since the bloody dispersal on the sit-in. In recent weeks, facilitators led by the African Union (AU) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have attempted to mediate a return to direct talks between both sides.
Sudanese military rejects Ethiopia's transitional proposal TMC said a proposal by the AU and Ethiopia is apt to resume talks with the opposition
The protest leaders have not announced their position on the joint proposal.
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The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) announced on Saturday that the chairman of a teachers' committee and a senior member of the FFC had been arrested. The military council did not comment immediately.
"We urge the international community to demand their immediate release, and this move by the TMC has a major negative impact on confidence building in this crucial area." The European Union said Friday that the Sudanese people's right to protest and Expressing its opinion is "the key" and supports mediation between the AU and Ethiopia efforts.
David Shinn, a former US diplomat in Sudan, said "Democrats' struggle for democracy is at a critical juncture."
"It's very fragile. "He said to Al Jazeera from Washington, DC
" This is where organizations like the African Union and Ethiopia come in, who deserve to move this problem forward, in addition to the entire international community and the United States, and put the transition in place -Military Council under pressure to take this all seriously and to promote the democratic transition in Sudan, which is in the interest of all, "added Shinn.
" And also countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the Have been assisted by this program. "