KHARTOUM : A key protest group on Saturday announced a nationwide ''civil disobedience'' campaign it said would run until Sudan's ruling generals transfer power to a civilian government.

The call by the Sudanese Professional Association, which first launched protests against longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir, came days after a bloody crackdown on demonstrators left dozens dead in Khartoum and crushed hopes for a swift democratic transition.

''The civil disobedience movement will begin Sunday and end only when a civilian government announces itself in power on state television,'' the SPA said in a statement.

''Disobedience is a peaceful act capable of bringing to its knees the most powerful weapons arsenal in the world.''

It was  still unclear how the campaign would unfold on the streets., especially in Khartoum where all key roads and squares have been deserted since Monday's crackdown.

Led by men in army fatigues, the raid on the weeks-long sit-in outside the army complex left at least  113 people dead according to doctors close to the demonstrators.

The health ministry says 61 people died  nationwide in the crackdown, 52 of them by ''live ammunition'' in Khartoum.

Witnesses say the assault was led by the feared Rapid Support Forces, [RSF], who have their origins in the notorious Janjaweed militia accused of abuses in the Darfur conflict between 2003 and 2004.

The call for ''civil disobedience'' came a day after Ethiopian prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Khartoum seeking to revive talks between the generals and protest leaders on the country's transition. [AFP]


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