Sudan Crisis Worsens, Crackdown Leaves 60 Dead

The toll in the Sudanese capital Khartoum following attack on pro-democracy protests, has risen to 60, according to the opposition.

Many Khartoum residents say the Rapid Support Forces carried out the fatal onslaught.

The Rapid Support Forces, formerly known as the Janjaweed militia, were involved in the Darfur conflict in western Sudan in 2003, and they are alleged to be on the streets attacking civilians.

The crisis heightened following breakdown in talks between the Transitional Military Council, TMC, and Forces of Freedom and Change, FFC, and culminated in security forces opening fire on unarmed protesters on Monday in an attempt to dislodge them from their sit-in at the square.

International concerns have trailed the action of the Transitional Military Council, while China along with Russia has blocked attempts at the United Nations Security Council to condemn the violence.

Demonstrators had been occupying the square in front of the military headquarters since

6 April has seen protesters occupied the square in front of the military headquarters, before President Omar al-Bashir’s eventual ouster some days later, after 30 years in power.

Culled from BBC

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