KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s opposition alliance said on Thursday the ruling military council’s 72-hour suspension of talks with protesters was a “regrettable” setback to efforts to forge a new democratic era following the overthrow of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.
Describing protesters as “increasingly angry”, the alliance issued its condemnation after some of the worst violence in weeks in central Khartoum.
On Wednesday at least nine people were wounded by troops firing live ammunition to clear demonstrators. On Monday, at least four people were killed when security forces tried to clear some protest sites – the first deaths linked to the Khartoum upheaval in several weeks.
In a televised speech, the head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said the council had decided to suspend talks for 72 hours “until a suitable atmosphere is created to complete an agreement”.
Burhan said protesters were disrupting life in the capital by blocking roads outside a protest zone agreed upon with the military.
Protesters in recent days have sought to expand their presence beyond a sit-in outside the defence ministry that remains the centre of opposition demonstrations.
On Thursday, Reuters witnessed protesters near Khartoum University manning a road block on Nile Street, a major avenue running south of the Blue Nile that is outside of the zone.
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