Sudan businesses shut as protesters keep up civil disobedience

Activist Protesters will keep using peaceful tactics

The Transitional Military Council (TMC), which succeeded Bashir, violently broke up an opposition sit-in demanding civilian rule across from the army headquarters in Khartoum on 3 June.

Military and paramilitary forces had unleashed mayhem on pro-democracy protesters last week, leaving over 100 people dead.

A protest strike kept businesses shut and residents indoors in the Sudanese capital Tuesday as a top USA diplomat prepared a visit to press the ruling generals to halt a bloody crackdown.

The opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change issued a statement urging people to return to work on Wednesday.

Opposition leader Khaled Omar struck a cautious note, saying in comments to Al Hadath TV that the suspension of the campaign was "not tied to any specific political developments".

A Sudanese rebel chief said Monday he was deported from Khartoum to South Sudan with two comrades hours after authorities claimed to have released the three men from detention.

The plan appears to build on a proposal made by the Ethiopian premier during his mediation visit to Khartoum last week, the news agency said, without divulging the identity of the opposition leader.

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In a statement on Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council called on all parties "to continue working together toward a consensual solution to the current crisis".

Sudan has been led by a military council since it toppled president Omar al-Bashir on April 11 after months of nationwide protests against his autocratic rule.

"By creating significant financial consequences for regime leaders and their commercial collaborators, diplomats from Africa, Europe and the United States will be able to influence the cost-benefit calculus of Khartoum's generals", he wrote in a joint op-ed piece with former U.S. official John Prendergast.

Stability in Sudan is crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya. The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday his country was in contact with both sides and was seeking "a smooth organized political transition".

Opposition doctors say at least 118 people have been killed since the raid on the sit-in. The government has confirmed 61 deaths.

Paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces - accused by witnesses, protesters and human rights groups of having played the lead role in the June 3 crackdown - patrolled several districts of the city in their trademark pickup trucks fitted with heavy machine guns.

He warned that if their joint peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, is dismantled and the peacekeepers pull out of Darfur, this "would recklessly and needlessly place tens of thousands of lives at risk by removing their only safeguard against the government's scorched earth campaign".

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