It is probably no coincidence that the sudden, violent crackdown on protesters in central Khartoum followed a series of meetings between the leaders of Sudan’s military junta and autocratic Arab regimes that are actively attempting to shape the country’s future.
Sudanese protest leaders on Tuesday called on their supporters Tuesday to prepare for a general strike after talks with the country’s military rulers stalled on who will lead an agreed three-year transition.
Sudanese protest leaders have said they will continue to push for a civilian-led transitional authority during talks with the military council on Sunday.
The Freedom and Change alliance said it is determined that the country's new ruling body be "led by a civilian as its chairman and with a limited military representation," it said in a statement.
The protesters' umbrella group said talks would resume with the military council, which has ruled Sudan since President Omar al-Bashir was deposed on April 11, at 9:00pm local time (19:00GMT) on Sunday.
At least nine people were wounded on Wednesday when Sudanese forces used live ammunition to clear demonstrators from central Khartoum, a protest group said, and talks on forming a body to lead Sudan to democracy have been suspended for 72 hours.
Thousands of protesters continued to stage demonstrations on the first Friday of Ramadan outside army headquarters in Khartoum to demand that Sudan’s ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) hand over power to a civilian authority.
In a Friday sermon delivered near the protest, Abdul-Rahman Hassan, a prominent preacher, urged the MTC to prosecute figures close to ousted President Omar al-Bashir for their alleged role in violence against protesters.
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) has stressed the need to grant the leadership council (Sovereign Council) powers to impose a State of Emergency, declare war, take command of regular forces, and appoint governors of the provinces and ambassadors.
The council also stressed its adherence to defining the transitional period of two years
Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday threatened to launch a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after accusing the country's military rulers of delaying the transfer of power to a civilian administration.
Thousands of people remain camped outside the military headquarters in Khartoum nearly four weeks after the armed forces toppled autocratic president Omar al-Bashir as demanded by a months-long protest movement.
Les leaders de la contestation au Soudan ont accusé les généraux de chercher à retarder la transition du pouvoir vers le civil, et menacé de lancer un mouvement national de "désobéissance".
« Les formes de l’escalade sont (déjà) définies : poursuivre les sit-in et préparer un mouvement de désobéissance civile », a déclaré à la presse mercredi 8 mai l’un de ces leaders, Khaled Omar Youssef.
Il a jugé « décevantes » les réponses des généraux aux propositions de son groupe et estimé qu’elles risquaient de plonger le pays dans une « situation dangereuse ».