Thousands strike in Sudan demanding the dismissal of the president


Sudanese opposition groups strike a one-day strike to support ongoing protests and demand the overthrow of long-time autocratic president Omar al-Bashir.

Activists say the streets in the capital Khartoum and its sister city of Omdurman are empty on Tuesday, as thousands of people went on strike. The activists spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Since the beginning of the current wave of demonstrations in December, there have been serious security measures. Initially triggered by rising prices and shortages, the riots quickly turned to a call to al-Bashir after two decades of power rule.

The strike on Tuesday was initiated by the Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella group of independent professional associations that led the recent wave of protests. Later that day, it also demanded street demonstrations.