Sudan vigil remembers protester deaths

BBC World Service

Hundreds of people in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, have taken part in a vigil in memory of pro-democracy protesters who were killed last month by the security forces.

Earlier, police were reported to have used tear gas to disperse crowds who had gathered to denounce the killing on Sunday of a demonstrator in the south of the country.

Sudanese demonstrators wave national flags as they protest in the streets of the capital Khartoum to demand civilian rule on July 15, 2019.

Sudan's military rulers and the civilian opposition are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the details of a power-sharing agreement.

Previous efforts in recent days have been postponed.

The military has so far failed to relinquish power since President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April.

Watch the BBC Africa Eye documentary on the events of 3 June:

Sudan’s livestream massacre

Sudan's Livestream Massacre

This is the story of a massacre, told through the phone cameras of those who kept filming.
On June 3, 2019, there was a massacre on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. This is the story of that massacre, told through the phone cameras of those who kept filming, even as they came under live fire.

BBC Africa Eye has now analysed more than 300 videos shot in Khartoum on June 3rd. Using these videos, we can bring you a shocking, street-level view of the violence that was inflicted on protesters that morning - and the first direct testimony from men who say they took part in this attack. 

Sudan’s livestream massacre
The story of the deadly violence in Khartoum on 3 June, told through those who filmed it.

Sudan 'foils coup attempt'

Sudan's ruling military council says it has foiled an attempted coup.

A spokesman, General Jamal Omar, announced on state television that more than a dozen people had been arrested - among them current and retired officers from the army and National Intelligence and Security Service.

General addressing press

"We saw the dangers and threats, which have been threatening the safety and security of this nation, by a group of people who refuse the demands of the people," Gen Omar said.

He added that the coup attempt was aimed at blocking a power-sharing deal being finalised between the military council and pro-democracy demonstrators.

It is not clear when that deal will be signed.

This is the third coup attempt that the country's military leaders say they have foiled, Sudan analyst Ahmed Kodouda told the BBC's Newsday programme.

"Many people are quite sceptical about the announcement but in reality there are significant centres of power that are interested in destabilising the transition," he added.

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Sudan's internet blackout ends

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa

Sudanese men use their smart-phones to access the internet at a cafe
The internet was cut in the wake of crackdown on protesters

A court in Sudan has ordered the internet to be restored, five weeks after it was shut down by the ruling military council.

The move comes several days after the country's military leaders reached an agreement with the opposition alliance to share power until elections are held in three years' time.

The internet was blocked on 3 June after a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the capital, Khartoum, in which more than 100 protesters died.

While it was a court ruling that preceded the re-connection, it would not have happened so smoothly if the military had not felt the threat of protests had gone.

Two weeks ago, a lawyer who challenged the internet blackout won his case, but services were restored for him alone as he had filed it in a personal capacity.

The regime shut down access to the internet to keep the opposition from rallying crowds to the streets to push for a civilian government.

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