Sudan Frees Activists Behind Protests  

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Sudanese authorities have released 125 political prisoners after the country’s military leader lifted the state of emergency on Sunday.

They were leaders of the Resistance Committees who opposed the military coup.

According to the Sudanese Lawyers’ group, the activists were released from prisons in the capital Khartoum, Port Sudan, and Rabak in the southeast after months of unlawful detention.

Their release came after Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan lifted the state of emergency that he imposed across the country after seizing power in a military coup last October.

Anti-military protests

The resistance committee’s grassroots groups have been spearheading anti-military protests in the country.

The mass street protests calling for the military to quit politics have been going on regularly for more than seven months since the coup.

The recent measures announced by Gen Burhan are expected to pave the way for face-to-face talks between the junta and the civilian groups.

The UN-led intra-Sudanese indirect talks to end the crisis are underway despite boycotts by key groups hampering the process.

 

BBC/Christopher Ojliere

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