Sudan: protesters say encounters with security continue over roadblocks

Protesters in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

Baghdad ( Encounters renewed Friday in Sudan between protesters and security forces seeking to remove their encampments and and roadblocks as a standoff persists between both sides since the ouster of former longtime leader, Omar al-Bashir, last month.

The Sudanese Professionals Associations, one major force behind the protests that toppled al-Bashir, said in a statement today that security forces are attempting to remove barricades erected by demonstrators on the street leading to the army command, the epicenter of the protests.

Recent encounters between both sides left one officer and five demonstrators dead, and the violence prompted the head of the military transitional council, Abdul-Fattah al-Burhan, to declare a halt to negotiations with protest leaders.

A latest round of talks between the council and protesters ended with both agreeing to a three-year transitional period and delineation of competences of interim state institutions.

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