A two-day general strike in Sudan started in the wee hours of Tuesday morning with public services largely grounded across the country, multiple reports have shown.
The latest move is a resort being used by the protest leaders to push for a civilian-led transition. The country is in a state of flux since April 11 when the military ousted long-serving Omar Al-Bashir.
A significant effect of the action is the paralyzing of airports with staff having joined the strike call. Travelers have been left stranded in the wake of the compliance.
Hours to the start of the action, several government-run institutions expressed their support with activists posting photos and statements to that effect on social media platforms.
Doctors, lab technicians, pharmacists and accountants…. staff from Imperial Hospital in Khartoum responding to the call for a 2-day strike to pressure the TMC to hand power to a civilian rule.
The protest movement has in the past applied a series of measures including the strikes, mass protests – that were usually clamped down on and the infamous sit-in at the army headquarters in Khartoum.
The sit-ins and subsequent road blocks in key parts of the capital were largely the final nail in the coffin of Bashir. He was arrested after being deposed and is held at a maximum security jail.
Sudan’s planned general strike begins with airport staff strike – flights in and out of Khartoum International Airport are getting cancelled, one after the other.
May 24 call for protests
Last Friday (May 25), the Alliance for Freedom and Change, a loose coalition of parties, civil society groups and professional bodies, called for the campaign of civil disobedience.
It seeks to pile more pressure on the army, which it accuses of deliberately frustrating the power transfer talks. The campaign received backing from most members of the alliance.
Sudan’s main opposition al Ummah party, rejected it saying it was badly timed and risked worsening tensions with the ruling military council.
The head of the Military Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, concluded trips to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and South Sudan in an apparent effort to seek backing for the junta.
Talks between the military and protesters remain deadlocked with no breakthrough over the composition of the sovereign council which will be set up to manage the transition.
The protesters have accused the army of resorting to violence to break the sit-in at the defence ministry headquarters.
I am on STRIKE because I am working for the sake of my country
In a bid to step up pressure on the ruling military council TMC Sudan, the Alliance for Freedom & Change protest movement Association Sd called for a 2-day general strike starting on Tuesday — Saad (@SaadAbedine) May 28, 2019
Think of the fallen … their souls are GONE
Forget about the military threats, screw it, the job can GO
It’s time to save the country #Sudan?? Protesters strike as deadlock with military persists.
— Saad (@SaadAbedine) May 28, 2019
Even the HR department is on strike
Your peaceful participation in will help us bring justice to #Sudan?? Fallen
Defying the threats, plans to escalate into a civil disobedience campaign if the military does not cede power to civilian authority.
We shall keep you updated.