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12 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Businesses remain shut on day three of Sudan strike

AFP, Khartoum

Shops and businesses remained shut and residents stayed indoors in the Sudanese capital yesterday as a nationwide civil disobedience campaign aimed at pressuring the military rulers entered a third day.

The strike's launch on Sunday came nearly a week after dozens were killed in an assault by security forces on demonstrators holding a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum to demand civilian rule.

Day two saw a sweeping nationwide internet blackout which rocked the country for several hours, after internet lines from the main provider Sudatel stopped working.

On Tuesday public transport buses were ferrying passengers in some parts of the capital, but Khartoum's main business and commercial districts remained shut in the morning, an AFP correspondent reported.

Vehicles loaded with machine guns of the Rapid Support Forces -- paramilitaries accused by witnesses and protesters to have been largely behind the crackdown -- patrolled several districts of the city.

Fewer people were on the streets than usual.

"In the last three days we have lost a lot of money," said Ibrahim Omar, an employee at a tour operator. Travel agencies were hit hard due to the internet blackout on Monday.

"We cannot do anything. We are not doing any international flight bookings. I hope it does not continue like this."

But protesters who have campaigned for the civil disobedience say the agitation has been successful so far.

 

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