Jan 18, 2022 17:54 UTC
  •  Anti-junta groups launch civil disobedience in Sudan after massacre

Pro-democracy groups have begun two days of strikes and civil disobedience in Sudan after at least seven civilians were killed and hundreds injured in clashes during anti-coup demonstrations in the Northeast African country.

Protesters erected barricades across roads in the capital, Khartoum, and some shops and offices were shut as a two-day general strike and civil disobedience campaign began on Tuesday.

Stone and brick barricades impeded access to some major roads in the eastern and southern parts of the capital and the adjoining cities of Bahri and Omdurman.

Groups representing doctors, teachers, engineers, and pilots announced support for the strike aiming to pressure authorities by bringing life to a standstill.

Sudan's University for Science and Technology also suspended all activities as part of the civil disobedience.

Police fired tear gas at dozens of protesters setting up roadblocks on the streets of east Khartoum.

Political parties and the Khartoum State resistance committees called the strike in a joint statement after at least seven protesters were shot dead by Sudan's security forces at anti-junta rallies in Khartoum and the city of Wad Madani on Monday.

"It is our duty to resist them until we are victorious or they rule an empty country after they have killed us all," the statement said.