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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July 12, 2019
“Justice First” Millions March scheduled for the 13th, 28 arrested for belonging to the FFC

28 people arrested for belonging to the FFC

SPA announces "Justice First" Millions March

July 11, 2019
Disagreements delay signing of FFC-TMC agreement, negotiations extended to Saturday

Mediation holds press conference, announces negotiation extension

The TMC reports a third failed coup attempt

The TMC reports that 12 officers have been arrested for attempting a coup to sabotage the agreement between them and the FFC.

Disagreements delay signing of agreement

The AU mediator states that the disagreements are technical, and deal with the wording of certain sections of the agreement. BBC sources report that the issues are actually due to disagreements over the powers of the sovereign council, which the TMC wants to be broader.

Source: BBC Arabic

July 10, 2019
Rebel leaders meet with the FFC

Rebel leaders meet with the FFC, criticize power-sharing deal

SPLM-N leaders Malik Agar and Minni Minawi, who lead armed movements in Blue Nile and Darfur respectively, meet with SPA spokesperson Muhammad Naji al-Assam to discuss the recent deal with the TMC. In the meeting, the two leaders made it clear they did not support the deal.

July 9, 2019
Internet returns in Sudan

Internet returns in Sudan, massacre footage shared

After 35 days of being blocked off, the internet returns in Sudan. With the return, the hashtag #توثيق_مجزرة_القيادة_العامه (verify the military HQ massacre) catches on, as new footage from the massacre is shared.

July 8, 2019
Al-Burhaan denies TMC role in sit-in massacre

Al-Burhaan denies the TMC was responsible for the massacre, blames mercenaries

In an interview with al-Ayn al-Ikhbariya, al-Burhaan says:

  1. The person who will rule the country will be one brought through elections, not protests.
  2. We and our partners in the FFC aim to do good for the country and protect it.
  3. The FFC led the movement, and we ask it to do what’s in the country’s best interests.
  4. We are both willing and determined to work with political forces.
  5. If there is a disagreement in the transitional period, the only solution is to hold elections.
  6. Everyone is working to build the foundation of a new Sudan in this transitional period.
  7. The security apparatus carries out orders professionally and accurately, but there will be a restructuring of all military forces.
  8. Not one member of the military establishment has anything to do with the dispersal of the sit-in, and the number of victims has been exaggerated.
  9. If a bullet was fired in the sit-in, it would’ve killed thousands as the area was so crowded.
  10. There is a mercenary group that has confessed to firing at protesters and military officers.
  11. The RSF does not act on its own, but rather, under the guidance of the armed forces.
  12. The political parties lying to the country will soon be caught.
  13. I haven’t seen al-Bashir since the day I told him to step down.

July 6, 2019
Hemeti promises development

Hemeti gives a speech, promises development

In his speech, Hemeti says:

  1.  The aid from Saudi Arabia and the UAE is in the Bank of Sudan, and it will be directed towards developing the country.
  2. Tribalism, regionalism, and racism must be renounced to build Sudan.
  3. The current priority in Sudan is to meet the people’s demands.
  4. We need to unite and agree to build stability and a renaissance in Sudan.
  5. It is necessary to prosecute the corrupt and turn Sudan into a country with rule of law.

FFC plans community forums to discuss transitional needs

From July 6-13, the FFC plans community forums to discuss “the needs of the transitional period,” as well as a commemoration of the martyrs of the massacre for July 14th.

July 5, 2019
SPA declares revolutionary victory

FFC gives a press conference regarding the deal

In the press conference, the FFC states:

  1. We have to no exclusionary agenda, and the transitional period is for reconciliation, not revenge.
  2. We will make an effort to achieve lasting peace in the first six months.
  3. Military presence in the streets will be reduced.
  4. The names of the members of the sovereign council and the prime minister will be announced this week.
  5. The formation of the legislative council will be delayed for three months due to our insistence on the participation of all revolutionary forces.
  6. Three months is enough time to reach an understanding with armed groups.
  7. We’ve prepared our candidates for the sovereign council and the prime minister.

UAE voices support for deal.

The UAE’s Anwar Gargash congratulates Sudan on a “a deal that establishes a promising political transition.”

The SPA declares revolutionary victory, confirms national investigation into massacre

The Sudanese Professionals Association declares the revolution’s victory, and describes the deal as follows:

  1. A three-year and three month transitional period with:
    1. The first six months dedicated to achieving peace in the country.
    2. The first 21 months being headed by a military president.
    3. The last 18 months being headed by a civilian president.
    4. A cabinet of qualified ministers chosen by the FFC.
    5. A sovereign council of 6 civilians and 5 members of the military.
    6. The delay of the formation of the legislative council until the sovereign council and cabinet of ministers are formed.
  2. A confirmation of the deal with the help of a committee of jurists.
  3. An independent, national investigation into all events since April 11th.

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July 4, 2019
The TMC denies responsibility for internet blackout, TMC and FFC come to an agreement

The TMC and the FFC come to an agreement

Direct negotiations continue

The TMC claims it is not responsible for internet blackout

Kassala professionals protest negotiations

Professionals in Kassala, Sudan stand in front of the Educational Hospital, protesting the FFC’s return to negotiations.

July 3, 2019
The FFC agrees to direct negotiations with the TMC on certain conditions

The TMC agrees to release protesters

The AU mediator states that, in accordance with the FFC’s conditions, the TMC has decided to release all protesters detained during the June 30th protests.

FFC and TMC meet and negotiate, set to continue tomorrow

After a face-to-face meeting between the TMC and the FFC, the African Union mediator states: “the two sides agreed on many issues, and will continue negotiations tomorrow.”

The FFC agrees to direct negotiations with the TMC on certain conditions

The FFC accepts the AU mediators’ call for direct negotiation, and lay out some conditions. Those are:

  1. The reception of a document outlining FFC’s proposed changes to the AU proposal.
  2. “Trust-building initiatives,” which include:
    1. An independent investigation into the massacre.
    2. A time limit on negotiations, which is to be 72 hours.
    3. The release of FFC leaders and leaders of the revolutionary neighborhood committees.
    4. The lifting of the internet ban.

The FFC also states that there is only one point to be negotiated: the composition of the sovereign council.

July 2, 2019
More SPA leaders arrested, AU-Ethiopian mediators hold press conference

17:51 CAT

AU-Ethiopian mediators hold a press conference, say a deal is "imminent"

In the press conference, the AU mediators state:

  1. They have put forth a balanced proposal to help the two sides reach an understanding.
  2. A deal between the TMC and the FFC is imminent.
  3. They urge both sides to agree on the composition of the sovereign council and a civilian government lead by a person nominated by the FFC.
  4. They have called both sides to meet tomorrow.

In the press conference, the Ethiopian mediators state:

  1. Consultations with the TMC and the FFC are still ongoing.
  2. There’s a lot of agreement between the two sides on all points but the sovereign council.
  3. A deal between the TMC and the FFC is closer than it’s ever been.

12:19 CAT

Security forces arrest two more FFC leaders

The SPA reports that two more of its leaders have been arrested, and three had their houses raided.

19:36 CAT

The UAE calls for deescalation

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash:

“What is important in Sudan is that dialogue continues without antagonism and towards a deal surrounding transitional and institutional arrangements that guarantee a stable constitutional system. It is necessary to avoid hostility and escalation, and it’s clear that the opposition and the military need one another, a deal, and to avoid the aggravation of the crisis.”