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    Members of Sudan's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces patrol Nile street in the capital Khartoum on June 10, 2019 on the second day of a nationwide civil disobedience campaign called to pressure the ruling military into handing over power. - A nationwide civil disobedience campaign by Sudanese protesters entered a second day today, as the authorities released three prominent rebels detained after a crackdown that left dozens dead. Some shops opened and buses plied the streets of Khartoum, but much of the capital remained shut. (Photo by - / AFP)

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Sudanese opposition Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change said during their meeting with US newly-appointed envoy for Sudan, Donald Booth, that it was important to withdraw military personnel from cities and deploy police there, media reported on Thursday.

    Sky News Arabia reported that the opposition movement also called for the immediate release of all political prisoners and ensuring the freedom of the press in the country.

    Moreover, the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change reportedly expressed their support for Ethiopia’s initiative to act as a mediator in the dialogue between the opposition and the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which was established in the wake of the overthrow of long-time President Omar Bashir.

    The coup took place in April, following months of anti-government demonstrations. However, the protests continued, with the opposition calling for power to be transferred to a civilian-led government.

    The situation further escalated in early June when law enforcement violently dispersed a sit-in demonstration near the military headquarters in Khartoum.


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