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Sudanese forces arrest two opposition leaders

Leading association of protests stress arrests will not deter them from 'continuing path of freedom, peace and justice'

02.07.2019
Sudanese forces arrest two opposition leaders

KHARTOUM, Sudan

The opposition Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) Tuesday said the security forces have arrested two of its leaders in the country.

In a statement, SPA, which has been leading the Sudanese popular protests since December, announced the arrest of Khartoum-based Yasin Hassan, head of SPA's teachers committee.

Abdul Majed Eidros, a lawyer and a leading member of the opposition group, was arrested from his house in Atbarah, it added.

A military and police forces raided the houses of other three leading figures in the capital Khartoum, the statement read.

The SPA stressed that the arrests will not deter them from "continuing the path of freedom, peace and justice".

The statement warned the Transitional Military Council (TMC) against harming any of the SPA members or the other opposition factions.

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets and chanted slogans against the TMC, calling on them to hand over power to a civilian government.

Protesters also called for an investigation into the dispersal of a weeks-long protest camp near the army headquarters earlier this month, which left scores dead.

Rallies were reported in the capital Khartoum and the cities of Gadaref, Kassala, Khashm Algirba and Halfa in eastern Sudan, Kareema and Atbara in River Nile state, El-Obied in North Kordofan and Edamazine in Blue Nile state.

Sudan has been in turmoil since its military establishment deposed long-serving President Omar al-Bashir early April following months of popular demonstrations against his 30-year rule.

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