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Sudanese Revolution Coverage

After government forces committed a massacre to break up the two-month long sit-in at Sudanese Military Headquarters in Khartoum, the tense and controversial negotiations process between the Forces of Freedom and Change (a coalition of opposition movements representing the revolutionaries) and the Transitional Military Council (a government established after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir through military coup on April 11th) came to an end. With at least 100 dead and hundreds injured, devastated revolutionaries have escalated their civil disobedience, and the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Forces of Freedom and Change have called for the downfall of the TMC.

We'll keep track of events on this page, updating regularly. For a background to the events, read What’s Happening in Sudan? Explaining the Last Two Months.

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August 2, 2019
9 RSF officers arrested for involvement in El-Obeid massacre

TMC and FFC resolve constitutional document disagreements

Sudanese state television reports that the TMC and the FFC have resolved their disagreements over the constitutional document, and have now moved on to discussing the deal made with the SRF in Addis Ababa.

Negotiations set to continue, FFC promises to announce results

TMC-FFC negotiations are set to continue in the evening as the FFC promises to announce the newest developments in talks.

9 RSF officers arrested for killing protesters in El-Obeid, TMC charges state authorities

In a statement, TMC spokesperson Shams ad-Deen al-Kabbashi announces the arrest of 9 RSF officers on the charge of killing protesters in El-Obeid and that the TMC has made a decision to prosecute the governor and Security Council of North Kurdufan.

August 1, 2019
Revolutionaries nationwide take part in “Just Retribution” Millions March

TMC-FFC negotiations resume

Multiple sources report the resumption of TMC-FFC negotiations.

4 deaths confirmed by activist

Sudanese activist Cola Eldabey confirms four deaths among protesters: 1 in the Libyan market, 3 in Rajhi Hospital, all due to gunshots from government forces.

"Just Retribution" Millions March takes place

July 31, 2019
TMC discharges 7 officers involved in El-Obeid shooting, criticizes SPA

TMC discharges 7 officers, criticizes SPA

The TMC announces that it has discharged 7 officers for firing bullets at protesters in El-Obeid and has handed them over to the Prosecutor’s Office, and claims the SPA for “forced” students to protest.

July 30, 2019
Students protest in support of El-Obeid, Al-Burhaan gives a statement, FFC announces Millions March

FFC announces "Just Retribution" Millions March

The FFC announces the “Just Retribution” Millions March, scheduled for August 1st.

Al-Burhaan accuses FFC entities of involvement in coup

In an interview on Sudanese television, al-Burhaan claims that some forces within the FFC took part in the most recent coup attempt, and reiterates that while the FFC represents a huge portion of the streets, it does not represent all Sudanese. Al-Burhaan also states that the TMC and the FFC had agreed on leaving the task of deciding the details of governance to those who would govern in the transitional period, but the FFC went back on this agreement and refused.

North Kurdufan governor forms investigative committee

The governor of North Kurdufan forms a committee to investigate the El-Obeid massacre.

Reports of an emergency TMC meeting

Al-Hadath sources report a call by al-Burhaan for an emergency TMC meeting.

TMC suspends studies until after Eid al-Udha

The TMC announces the closure of all schools until after Eid al-Udha.

Source: Al-Hadath

Students protest nationwide

High school, college students, and others across Sudan protest in solidarity with the victims of the El-Obeid massacre.

Al-Burhaan gives a statement

In response to the massacre in El-Obeid, Al-Burhaan gives a statement, where he says:

  1. The killing of peaceful citizens is a crime, and justice must be served immediately.
  2. The RSF was created through law, and is a part of the Armed Forces.
  3. Delaying the transition will lead to greater losses.
  4. The participation of government forces in the transitional period is necessary to maintain security.
  5. We thank the Sudanese people for their patience with both us and the FFC.
  6. Minor disagreements are getting in the way of a deal.
  7. We authorized the negotiating delegation to resolve any minor disagreements to reach a comprehensive agreement for transition.
  8. We didn’t ask for nor do we want immunity, it was proposed by the joint technical committee.

July 29, 2019
8 protesters killed in El-Obeid, SPA calls for mass protests

FFC leader demands immediate justice for El-Obeid

FFC leader Ismaeel at-Taaj demands immediate justice for those killed in El-Obeid, otherwise, he says, “the negotiations, the TMC, the FFC, and the SPA can go to hell.”

University Professors Association announces closing of schools

The University Professors Association announces the closing of all schools in Sudan, and the suspension of negotiations with the TMC until they hand over power to civilians and withdraw the RSF from all cities, towns, and villages in Sudan.

FFC delays meeting with TMC

In response to the El-Obeid massacre, the FFC sends a delegation to the city and delays its meeting with the TMC.

SPA demands the removal of North Kurdufan's governor

The SPA releases a statement, where they:

  1. Call for an independent investigation into the El-Obeid massacre.
  2. Demand the immediate removal of the governor of North Kurdufan, as well as the removal of education officials in the state.
  3. Call for the suspension of education in the state until teachers’ demands – which they protested for – are met.

SPA calls for protests, demands TMC to concede negotiations

In response to the violence in El-Obeid, the SPA calls for mass protests nationwide, and demands that the TMC sign the FFC version of the constitutional document.

Protests ignite after 8 protesters are killed in El-Obeid

After 8 protesters (among them 4 high school students) are killed by government forces in El-Obeid, North Kurdufan, protests erupt across the country, and a curfew is announced in several cities in North Kurdufan.

Source: Aljazeera

July 28, 2019
TMC-FFC meeting delayed

TMC-FFC meeting delayed until Tuesday

July 27, 2019
Investigative Committee announces findings, TMC pardons SPLM-N members

Abdelaziz al-Hilu refuses peace talks for the time being

Abdelaziz al-Hilu states that the SPLM-El-Hilu faction (which operates in the Nuba Mountains) will not enter into peace negotiations until a transitional government is formed.

Source: Aljmaheer

The TMC pardons SPLM-N members

The TMC pardons all SPLM-N political prisoners, and removes the death sentences issued against SPLM-N leaders.

SPA urges protesters against escalation

As protests against the investigative committee’s findings continue across the capital, the SPA releases a statement, urging protesters against escalation. In the statement, the SPA states that while all citizens have the right to protest, the decision to protest now is not strategic, and promises that, after a deal is made and a government is formed, an independent investigative committee will perform an investigation that will bring the martyrs’ justice.

Women protest in front of SPA HQ, demand equal representation

Protesters demand the release of Seyf Teri

Protesters march to demand the freedom of Seyf Teri, a player in Sudan’s al-Mirikh football club who was arbitrarily detained.

The SPA and the FFC reject the results of the investigation

Investigative Committee announces findings, is rejected by protesters

The investigative committee formed by the TMC to investigate the June 3rd massacre holds a press conference to announce their findings. In the conference, they state that it was rogue elements of the forces sent to “clean up” the Colombia area (where illegal acts were taking place) who, against orders, chose to disperse the sit-in. They confirm that, in addition to these rogue officers (who they identified by their initials), two masked men fired at protesters. According to the committee, 87 people died in total, with 17 people dying in the sit-in. No sexual assault, says the committee, took place. (Source: Al-Hadath)

Protesters immediately rejected their findings:

July 26, 2019
SPLM-El-Hilu and SPA come to an agreement

SPLM-El-Hilu and SPA come to an agreement

In a joint statement, the SPLM-El-Hilu (previously absent from FFC-SRF negotiations) and the SPA announce their agreement on a civilian transitional government, the necessity of addressing the shortcomings of the current FFC-TMC deal, and the necessity of addressing the root causes of civil war in Sudan.

July 25, 2019
March for Adherence to the DFC takes place, Attorney General schedules press conference

Investigation results to be announced Saturday

The Sudanese Attorney General schedules a press conference on Saturday for revealing the results of the investigation into the massacre.

Protesters across the nation join The March for Adherence to the DFC

After being planned by revolutionaries on social media and organized by the SPA, the March for Adherence to the Declaration of Freedom and Change takes place nationwide.

July 24, 2019
TMC reports another failed coup attempt, FFC and SRF come to an agreement

The FFC and SRF come to a deal

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front and the Forces of Freedom and Change come to a deal on the details of transitional governance, and agree that the coming government will be non-partisan.

Sudanese Communist Party criticizes TMC-FFC deal, calls for Sudanese withdrawal from Yemen

The Sudanese Communist Party makes a statement, where they:

  1. Criticize the TMC-FFC deal for enshrining military rule and maintaining laws that restrict freedoms.
  2. Call for Sudanese forces to be withdrawn from Yemen, and for Sudan to avoid interfering in other countries’ affairs in the future.
  3. Call for the dissolution of the Rapid Support Forces, stating that the military and police are sufficient.

The Sudanese Islamic Movement denies involvement in coup attempt

The Sudanese Islamic Movement denies the TMC’s accusations that it was involved in orchestrating the coup against the TMC, and calls on those accusing it to present evidence.

RSF takes over NISS operation headquarters

After a failed coup attempt, the RSF takes over the operation headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Services.

Head of Sudanese Journalists' Union arrested

Sadig al-Rizeigi, the head of the Sudanese Journalists’ Union, is arrested.

Former VP Bakri Hassan Salih is arrested

Former Sudanese vice president Bakri Hassan Salih is arrested for his involvement in the coup attempt.

TMC reports another failed coup attempt; high-ranking officers arrested

The TMC reports that it countered a coup attempt intending to reinstate the former regime, and that it has arrested many high-ranking officers for their involvement in the coup.