Sudanese oil company staff to join anti-coup protests – Middle East Monitor

Workers at Sudan’s state-owned Sudapet oil company today said they would join a national civil disobedience movement called by unions in response to the military’s overthrow of the government, and doctors also announced a strike, Reuters reports.

A group of neighborhood committees in Khartoum announced a schedule of new barricades and street protests leading up to what it called a “march of millions” on Saturday.

“We announce our adherence to civil disobedience to support the decision of the people supporting civil democratic transformation and until this demand is met,” Sudapet said in a statement released by the Sudanese Professionals Association.

The United Doctors Bureau, which is made up of different unions, said, “As we promised and previously announced, we would start a general strike across Sudan in the event of a coup, we fully stand by our word and our calendar.

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The head of Sudan’s armed forces yesterday defended the military takeover, saying he overthrew the government to avoid civil war, as protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the takeover.

Monday’s coup ended Sudan’s transition to democracy, two years after a popular uprising toppled longtime Islamist autocrat Omar Al-Bashir.

Last night the SPA said it had received reports of attacks by coup forces on protest sites in the capital Khartoum and other cities. He said they fired shots and tried to break through barricades.

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