Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudan crisis: African Union membership suspended

Sudan crisis: African Union membership suspended

Protests continued in Omdurman and Khartoum's central Bahri and Buri district, where clashes erupted with the Rapid Support Forces, activists said.

The committee also said more than 500 people have been wounded in the crackdown.

The council met a day after almost 40 people were killed when security forces ended a weeks-long sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum by protesters demanding an end to military rule.

In April, the movement succeeded in forcing the military to remove Sudan's longtime strongman, Omar al-Bashir.

The committee said it held "the militias of the (military) council... responsible for this massacre".

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The SPA also called for an global inquiry into the killings, rejecting the junta's investigation.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was heading to Khartoum on Friday to try to mediate between the two sides, Reuters news agency reported, quoting diplomatic sources.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese Professionals Association, a main member of the Forces of Freedom and Change, called on foreign states and worldwide agencies to reject the legitimacy of the TMC - which it has been referred to since the Monday attack as the "coup council" - as any government it would help to form would have "no shred of legitimacy".

During a closed-door council meeting, Britain and Germany circulated a press statement that would have called on the military rulers and protesters to "continue working together towards a consensual solution to the current crisis", according to the draft seen by Agence France Presse.

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Formerly known as the Janjaweed militia, the RSF gained notoriety for brutal atrocities in the Darfur conflict in western Sudan in 2003.

Rights watchdog Amnesty International deplored the army's violence which "destroyed the trust of the Sudanese people". At the former sit-in area - there are torn and charred posters as well as burnt-out tents.

Security forces seem to outnumber civilians on the streets of the capital. Instead, it is the medical students who are treating patients.

A woman, identified only as Sulaima, told the BBC that troops from the Rapid Support Forces were "all over Khartoum". "The senseless killing of protestors must be stopped immediately, and those responsible for the bloodbath, including at command level, must be held fully accountable for their terrible actions", said Kumi Naidoo. They're also using live ammunition.

It is hard to get a proper sense of what happened. What will not change - in fact what has been deepened - is the alienation of people from their rulers.

The military ousted long-time president Omar al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his authoritarian rule, but thousands of demonstrators had remained camped out in front of the army headquarters calling for the generals to cede power to civilians.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, the United States, Norway and the United Kingdom also condemned the ongoing attacks against protesters, accusing the military council of jeopardising peace and the country's political transition.

"We in the military council, extend our hands to negotiations without shackles except the interests of the homeland", Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the military council, told state media on Wednesday.

Patrick Kapuwa, Permanent representative of Sierra Leone and Chairperson of the AU PSC for the month of June 2019 said after deliberations in Addis Ababa: "Council further decides that should the transition military council fail to hand over power to a civilian-led transitional authority without any further delay..."

In a televised address Tuesday, the head of the ruling Transitional Military Council said the council was canceling its previous agreement to form an interim government with the FFC.

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