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Khartoum streets deserted as defiant protesters continue general strike

Also on Monday, the Sudanese opposition held the second day of a nationwide civil disobedience campaign, aiming to pressure the country's military to hand power over to a civilian-led interim body.

Public buses were operating in some parts of the capital, but Khartoum's main business and commercial districts were shut down, an AFP correspondent reported.

Most shops and businesses remained closed on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign launched by protest leaders after a crackdown on a weeks-long sit-in left dozens dead on June 3.

The committee is the medical arm of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded protests against al-Bashir and is now leading a campaign of civil disobedience against the military rulers.

Lieutenant General Jamaleddine Omar, a military council member, said on state television late on Sunday: "The military council has chose to reinforce the presence of armed forces, RSF [Rapid Support Forces] and other regular forces to help normal life return".

Protesters had set up several roadblocks across many areas of the capital that the ruling generals have vowed to remove in order to bring "life to normal".

Pro-democracy protesters are demanding a return to civilian government.

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"In Darfur, as in Khartoum, we've witnessed the Rapid Support Forces' despicable brutality against Sudanese civilians - the only difference being, in Darfur they have committed atrocities with impunity for years", said Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International.

However, he said the TMC was adamant that the head of the new council should be from the military.

"He will call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work toward creating an enabling environment. for talks to resume", the US State Department said in a statement.

The U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs is to leave on the trip on Wednesday and also visit Ethiopia to discuss the Sudan crisis with the regional power as well as the African Union.

The military claimed that the protesters were escalating Sudan's political crisis and doing major harm to the country and its security by calling the strike.

"We are appealing to those who blocked the roads to open them for all the sick people. since many people lost their lives because they can not reach the hospital", senior health ministry official Mohamed Altom told reporters.

The bloodshed in Sudan has prompted concern from world powers including the United States, which announced on Monday it was sending its senior diplomat for Africa to Khartoum this week to push for a resumption of talks. Nothing about the generals' actions has indicated that this is an imminent possibility.

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