Sudan protests to be stepped up


Sudan’s main opposition coalition announced plans to step up protests to pressure the military council to hand power to civilians and blamed the council for nine deaths during Sunday’s demonstrations.

“We will not abandon the path of political negotiation and will not drop the path of peaceful escalation,” Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), told a news conference in Khartoum.

The FFC, which organised a massive show of force on Sunday when tens of thousands of people took to the streets, said it was calling for another mass march on July 13 and a day of civil disobedience on July 14. Madani said nine people were killed during Sunday’s protests and about 200 injured.