By Deng Machol
Juba – Sudan has expelled three members of a rebel movement detained last week in the wake of a deadly raid on a protest sit-in in Khartoum, killed over 100 protesters.
The three are members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), who were forcibly expelled to South Sudan on Monday, the opposition leaders were pushing for a handover a power to civilian rule after the military deposed Sudan President Omar al-Bashir in April, ending his 30 years of ruling in the despotic leadership.
The expulsion came with many shops and businesses in the capital Khartoum remain closed on the second day of a campaign of strikes and civil disobedience aimed at putting pressure on the Transitional Military Council to renounce power to civilian ruler.
However, the military council topple up power and arrested president Bashir after three decades in power this year, followed the long protests which started in December, 2018 as a bread crisis demonstration, before entering negotiations on a transition towards elections with the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) alliance, which includes the SPLM-N.
The talks collapsed last week when security forces stormed a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry that had been the focal point of Sudan’s protest movement for nearly two months.
Yassir Arman, the most prominent politician, former army general and the deputy head of the SPLM-N, was detained a week ago after returning from exile following Bashir’s ouster.
The two others, SPLM-N secretary-general Ismail Jallab and spokesman Mubarak Ardol, were arrested after meeting visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as he tried to mediate between the military council and civilian opposition.
Yassir Arman posted on twitter that “I have been deported against my will by a military helicopter from Khartoum to Juba. I was not aware of where they were taking me. I asked them many times. They tied me up in the helicopter together with comrade Ismail Khamis Jalab and Mubarak Ardol.”
The SPLM-N splintered from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement that fought Khartoum for South Sudan’s independence for two decades of civil war, achieved in July 2011. It is now seeking more autonomy for the Southern Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
Since the raid on the sit-in protest a week ago, doctors says at least 118 people have been killed, but the military council has confirmed 61 deaths, including three members of the security services.
Sudan’s turmoil is eminent concerns to wider region and the world, as stability in Sudan is vital for a volatile region struggling against Islamist insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya.
Online, various world powers, including Russia and the Gulf Arab states, are trying to influence its path. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have close ties with the military council, have said they are watching developments with concern and support a renewal of dialogue.
The protests have so far disrupted businesses, transport services and flights at Khartoum airport. Many Airlines had reported cancelled its flights because of the political crisis in Sudan.
Since last week’s crackdown, the DFCF has tried to sustain the protest movement through a civil disobedience campaign that largely shut down Khartoum on Sunday.
Followed on hurled a brutal crackdown on protesters by the Sudan’s transitional military rulers, the African Union said it has suspended Sudan’s membership from the Union until the military reach a peaceful ground with a civilian’s oppositions.