CAIRO (AP) — A one-day strike shuttered businesses and emptied streets in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and other parts of the country on Tuesday, activists said, as pressure mounted on longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down following more than two months of deadly protests.
Initially sparked by rising prices and shortages, the unrest quickly turned to calls for al-Bashir to resign after two decades in power. A heavy security crackdown has killed scores since the current wave of demonstrations began in December, the most serious protests against al-Bashir.
Many students, doctors, markets, public transportation and other professionals took part in the strike Tuesday in support of al-Bashir’s ouster, according to photos and videos provided by activists and posted by the Sudanese Professionals Association. The association is an umbrella group of independent professional unions that has been spearheading the recent wave of protests.
Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a video posted late Monday that the strike is part of their “peaceful resistance” against the government.
Media workers at the privately owned newspaper al-Tayar joined the strike. “We’ve faced daily abuses since protests first broke out,” said Shamayel el-Nour, a journalist. “We cannot do our work. Security agencies censor and confiscate our newspaper and others.”