Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Yasir Arman

Protest leaders said they would resume talks with the ruling military this week, after both the USA and Ethiopia stepped up their efforts to end the crisis following a massacre in the capital Khartoum.

Activists first began reporting shutdowns the day of the crackdown, preventing activists from reporting critical information about the situation in Sudan, the global rights organization said.

Shops and restaurants meanwhile began to reopen in Sudan's capital Wednesday after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign and agreed to new talks with generals, though many residents remained indoors after last week's deadly crackdown on protesters that left dozens dead.

"This happened despite their rejection of the forceful deportation", the statement said, adding that the move showed the military council's intention "not to hand power to the civilians and not to reach peace".

Several other residents also told AFP that they were remaining indoors as internet services were still not fully restored across the capital, which made working from offices hard.

"I went to the bank with a cheque and they said there's no money".

So far, doctors in the area have estimated over 100 people being killed by the paramilitary forces.

The Sudanese protesters who succeeded in driving President Omar al-Bashir from power last month say their revolution won't be complete until they have dismantled what many describe as an Islamist-dominated "deep state" that underpinned his 30-year rule.

The military council announced that security forces on the streets would be boosted after four people were killed in clashes on Sunday - two in Khartoum and two in Omdurman, just across the Nile river. The protest movement itself said in a statement that it was calling on people "to resume work from Wednesday".

Sudanese rebel leader Yasir Arman has said he and two comrades have been forcibly deported from Khartoum, on the second day of a nationwide civil disobedience campaign by protesters. The generals are still to offer comment.

The United Nations Security Council condemned the violence in Sudan and called for an immediate halt to the violence against civilians.

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC) have agreed to resume talks on a transitional Sovereign Council.

In a statement, the council's members highlighted the "importance of respect for human rights and of ensuring full protection of civilians, accountability and justice".

Nagy "will call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work towards creating an enabling environment" for talks to resume, the State Department said earlier this week.

Sudan's military leaders have blamed the country's protest movement for what had happened in the last few days.



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