What Happened: A civil disobedience campaign called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, a leading group in the country's opposition movement, is substantially affecting business operations in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman, Al-Jazeera reported June 10. The ruling Transitional Military Council in response has deployed significant security forces, killing at least four protesters, and has extended an internet shutdown in the capital. Public transportation operated on a reduced schedule, and roads, blocked by protesters and security forces alike, were largely empty. Following the crackdown on the main protest site at the army headquarters a week ago, opposition groups and protesters are adopting a more underground posture to avoid a violent crackdown, The New York Times reported June 9,
Why It Matters: While the initial crackdown on protests leading to scores of deaths last week had already clearly shown the chasm between the government and the opposition, events leading into the current civil disobedience campaign have solidified that divide, reducing the odds of successful negotiations.
Background: Following the collapse of negotiations between the Transitional Military Council and the opposition, Sudanese security forces have ramped up their response to continued protests in Khartoum. Security forces have also rounded up some opposition leaders in an attempt to disrupt their activities.
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