Curfew declared in Sudan after the killing of five protesters

Tuesday July 30 2019

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A Sudanese bridegroom waves a Sudan national flag on a wedding car during a protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum on April 20, 2019. PHOTO | OZAN KO | AFP 

MOHAMMED AMIN
By MOHAMMED AMIN
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Khartoum,

Sudanese authorities declared a curfew in North Kordofan as chaos erupted in the state following the killing of five protesters, among them students, during Monday’s march.

In a statement, North Kordofan acting governor Alsadig Altybe Abdullah Altybe on Monday evening declared a 9pm-6am curfew that would be imposed indefinitely.

“This decision will include the entire cities of the state including Al-Obeid, Um Rawaba, Al-Rahad, bara and Abu Dakana, aimed at saving the lives of citizens in the state,” the statement says. 

Protests erupted in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other states following the killings, with demonstrators closing the main highway that links Khartoum to other cities.

Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Sudanese professional Association (SPA), part of the opposition alliance, have condemned the killings.

In statement on Monday, FFC accused the Transitional Military council (TMC) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for firing at and killing peaceful protesters.

Demonstrators have been rallying again in Khartoum since Saturday, when an investigation found that security officers, including some from the feared Rapid Support Forces, carried out a deadly crackdown on a protest camp without any orders from their superiors.

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