سودان

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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June 15, 2019
More TMC press conference claims contradicted, Hemeti makes a statement

TMC investigative committee makes a statement, delays announcement of results

The investigative committee formed by the TMC to investigate the events of June 3rd makes a statement, where they state:

  1. The announcement of the results of the investigation has been delayed.
  2. Officers cleared out the sit-in without being a part of the task force for clearing out the Colombia area.
  3. The committee’s procedures will be at the disposal of the separate investigative committee formed by the Attorney General.
  4. They are committed to holding public, open trials of those found to be involved in crimes.

Aljazeera interviews Sudanese Attorney General

In the interview, the Attorney General states:

  1.  Al-Bashir was interrogated about the killings of protesters during his tenure.
  2. He and his department have called for a conference with the TMC to discuss the clearing of the Colombia area.
  3. The dispersal of the sit-in was not supervised/agreed to by the judiciary.
  4. The public prosecution is not a political party and is not on anyone’s side.
  5. The investigative committee will determine who bears the criminal responsibilities in the dispersal of the sit-in.
  6. The department rejects an international investigation.

Hemeti gives a statement

In his statement, Hemeti says:

  1. The TMC is open to negotiations, despite accusations.
  2. There are people who wish to ignite strife in the country.
  3. Change must be done consciously as to avoid chaos.
  4. The TMC does not want to hold on to power.
  5. A technocratic government will be formed, and it is imperative that there is a cabinet of ministers to manage affairs until elections.
  6. Some ambassadors destroyed the country, and they have now returned to Sudan.
  7. The government will immediately begin development in the electricity, water, and education sectors.

Sudanese Chief Justice denies being involved in sit-in dispersal

The Sudanese Chief Justice denies the TMC spokesperson’s claims that they were consulted in the dispersal of the sit-in.

Sudanese Attorney General promises justice against symbols of former regime

The Sudanese Attorney General announces that 41 criminal reports have been opened against the symbols of the former regime, and that former president Omar al-Bashir is to be tried after one week of appeals.

The Movement for Supporting Shari'a protests a return to negotiations

The Movement for Supporting Shari’a, an anti-FFC Islamist movement, protests a return to negotiations in front of the Ethiopian Embassy and calls for all political forces to be involved in the negotiations process.

Source: Al-Hadath

June 14, 2019
The TMC clashes with the international community, FFC responds to press conference

The FFC reiterates its commitment to a civilian sovereign council

Sudan demands the withdrawal of UN forces

At the UN Security Council meeting, Sudan’s delegate states that the Sudanese government “rejects the continued presence of peacekeepers in Darfur and demands their withdrawal from the region.”

The FFC responds to the TMC press conference

In their statement responding to the conference, the FFC states:

  1. The conference is a repeat of the old regime’s strategy of using security solutions to fix political programs, which has “failed every time.”
  2. The TMC’s admission that it planned and ordered the dispersal of the sit-in makes an international-backed UN investigation imperative.
  3. The suggestion to move negotiations to Addis Ababa came from the Ethiopian PM, not the FFC.
  4. The Sudanese Central Doctors’ Committee’s reports on the massacre are correct, and they condemn the TMC’s attempts to minimize the effects of the massacre.
  5. The FFC is not responsible for the coup attempts despite accusations, and is committed to peaceful revolution.
  6. The FFC is united, and is more united than it’s ever been.
  7. The FFC will not be returning to negotiations until its demands are met.
  8. By taking responsibility for the massacre of the sit-in, the TMC has made its counterrevolutionary goals clear.

June 13, 2019
Al-Bashir charged, TMC holds a press conference

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The TMC holds a press conference, admits to dispersing the sit-in

In the press conference, the TMC states:

  1. The sit-in was a hotbed for provocation of government forces, and that the TMC endured many abuses and provocations.
  2. The FFC lacks a unified leader or a single reference.
  3. The FFC is having difficulty dropping previously agreed upon points due to its supporters.
  4. That the presence of the military in governance does not mean the government is not civilian.
  5. They apologize for the excesses in the dispersal of the sit-in.
  6. They will not allow any more sit-ins in front of military institutions.
  7. The results of the TMC’s investigation into the June 3rd massacre will be announced on Saturday.
  8. Social media sites are a threat to national security, and that they will not be reopened anytime soon.
  9. They reject the FFC’s calls to move negotiations in Addis Ababa.
  10. The TMC is the one who ordered the dispersal of the sit-in after a meeting with military commanders, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General.
  11. They’re calling on the FFC to return to negotiations in the next 24 hours.
  12. The FFC wants to dismantle Sudan’s military and security institutions.
  13. The people did not give the FFC the right to rule the country.
  14. They welcome the inclusion of the FFC in the investigation of the June 3rd massacre.
  15. They will not cave to any internal or external pressure, or any “political blackmail.”
  16. There are no disagreements among members of the TMC, but there are some differences in opinion.
  17. They have not and will not allow an international investigation, as Sudan is a sovereign country.
  18. The TMC has thwarted two coup attempts, and twelve people from two groups are now detained and charged with plotting a coup.

Al-Burhaan meets with US Envoy

Al-Burhaan states that the TMC emphasized to the Envoy their desire to push for political settlement in Sudan.

Attorney General charges Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s Attorney General charges former president Omar al-Bashir with corruption and money laundering.

June 12, 2019
US begins to make moves in Sudan

The FFC holds a press conference, accepts indirect negotiation

In the press conference, the FFC:

  1. Announced its rejection of the TMC’s unilateral investigation into the June 3rd massacre.
  2. Stated that they’ve informed the Ethiopian Prime Minister of their rejection of direct negotiation with the TMC.
  3. Condemned the TMC’s failure to fulfill its promises to protect protesters and transition to civilian authority.
  4. Announced that it met with the US Envoy in Sudan and stressed to them the importance of a transition to civilian authority, the withdrawal of military forces from Khartoum, and the release of political prisoners.
  5. Announced that the US Envoy agreed on the necessity of the establishment of an internationally-backed investigation into the June 3rd massacre.

The TMC summons the British Ambassador to Sudan

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry summons Irfan Siddiq, the British Ambassador to Sudan, in protest of his statements on the situation in the country.

June 11, 2019
Third day of civil disobedience and interviews with the TMC

Special Envoy of the Ethiopian PM announces a return to negotiations

Special Envoy of the Ethiopian PM announces a return to negotiations surrounding the transitional period, and states that there will be no going back on what the TMC and the FFC’s previous agreements. There have been no FFC statements corroborating this.

 

UN Security Council supports a return to negotiations, calls for an end to violence

The UN Security Council stresses the need to ensure “full protection” of Sudanese citizens, and declares support for regional and international efforts to facilitate an agreement on the transitional period in Sudan.

The FFC announces the suspension of civil disobedience until further notice

After describing the three days of civil disobedience as an unprecedented, historic success, the FFC announces a temporary suspension of civil disobedience.

قوى إعلان الحرية والتغييربيانجماهير شعبنا الأبي؛نقف لكم اليوم إجلالاً واحتراماً وأنتم تفتتحون فصلاً جديداً من فصول…

Geplaatst door ‎تجمع المهنيين السودانيين‎ op Dinsdag 11 juni 2019

RSF Director of Operations is interviewed, denies RSF presence in Khartoum

In his interview with Al-Hadath, the Director of Operations states:

  1. That the RSF cleared out the Colombia area “due to the threat it posed to citizens’ lives.”
  2. The RSF did not take part in the dispersal of the military HQ sit-in.
  3. The RSF is not currently present in Khartoum.
  4. Only two corpses were found in the Nile.
  5. There are no disagreements between the RSF and the military.
  6. That life is going normally, despite calls for civil disobedience.

TMC spokesperson says internet blackout will continue

In an interview with a local newspaper, Al-Kabbashi states that internet in Sudan won’t return soon, as it “poses a threat to national security.” He also says that in order for the TMC to return to negotiations with the FFC, the FFC must end civil disobedience, and stop the “negative talk” about the corpses from the dispersal of the sit-in.

Source: Cairo24

11 dead and 20 injured in Dileij after RSF attacks

The Sudanese Central Doctors’ Committee reports 11 deaths and 20 injuries as the result of RSF attacks on the town of Dileij, Central Darfur.

June 10, 2019
Civil disobedience continues

The RSF carry out attacks in Central Darfur

The SPA releases a statement after an unknown number of people are injured and killed during RSF attacks in the towns of Dileij and Zalingei.

The TMC begins to announce investigation results

The TMC announces that the investigative committee has found evidence damning employees within regime forces, and that these employees have been arrested and will be brought to justice as soon as possible. They also state that they had no desire to clear out the sit-in, and security operations were instead targeted towards the “Colombia” area. The TMC’s investigative committee is set to announce the rest of its findings in 72 hours.

Arrested SPLM-N leaders are released and deported to Juba

Yassir Arman, Khamis Jalab, and Mubarak Ardol, members of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (North), are released and deported to the capital of South Sudan, Juba.

The TMC cuts off more internet providers

The TMC’s internet blackout intensifies as they cut off the internet providers used for government services.

UN condemns the TMC's decision hand over UNAMID bases to the RSF

The TMC decides to hand over United Nations African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur’s (UNAMID) bases to the RSF, a decision that the UN calls “a violation of [their] agreement with Khartoum.”

The SPA's civil disobedience continues

June 9, 2019
Civil disobedience begins with the TMC’s condemnation

The SPA calls the day's civil disobedience a "success," reiterates its stance on the TMC, and calls for investigations into killings.

The SPA promises a continuation of civil disobedience until the TMC falls, and states that there will be “no concessions, truces, reconciliation, or handshaking” with “criminals.” It also calls for an investigation into all killings since April 11th.

The TMC calls for the FFC to join the political process, states that it is "not the FFC's enemy"

The TMC states that it has not received conditions for a return to negotiations from the FFC, and that it should sit with the rest of the country’s political forces to “ease the political process.”

The TMC also states that the FFC does not include all parties, nor is it the largest political entity, nor was it the only to revolt against the previous regime.

Al-Kabbashi makes a statement on the FFC's recent actions, condemns civil disobedience and roadblocks

Shams ad-Deen al-Kabbashi, the TMC’s official spokesperson, states that the civil disobedience did not affect daily life, but the FFC should end calls for civil disobedience to due its effects on citizens’ daily lives. He also identifies the roadblocks built on the FFC’s orders as the main factor in the disruption of daily life, and calls them “a crime that breaks both international and human law.” He expresses an intention to open up the streets, and announces the increase of security forces in the capital.

 

The TMC denies rumors of infighting within security institutions

Potentially in response to reports of infighting among the members of the TMC, the TMC calls reports of infighting “rumors.”

The TMC calls the Sudanese Central Doctors' Committee's reports of bodies being found in the Nile "erroneous" and "exaggerated"

The SPA reports obstruction of medical care, warns of a "healthcare catastrophe"

The SPA accuses the TMC of closing multiple public and private hospitals, and considers them the responsible for the deaths of any who are sick or injured. They also warn of a healthcare catastrophe after security forces take control of the National Medical Supplies Fund.

 

The Sudanese Congress Party (an FFC party) announces that tens of flights have been cancelled, in accordance with the FFC's announced civil disobedience

The Sudanese Central Doctors' Committee announces the raising of the death toll to 118 after security forces kill more protesters

The FFC's planned civil disobedience begins

Yousra Elbagir reports two resignations from the TMC