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Sudanese Opposition Halts Civil Disobedience Campaign & Agrees To Resume Talks with Transitional Military Council

Although some vendors returned to work, most businesses remain closed.

Just days after enacting their civil disobedience campaign and the violent crackdown that left over 100 protesters dead, Sudanese opposition groups have agreed to pause on the action to resume talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Reuters reports.


The Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces say in a statement that it would suspend the campaign "from Wednesday until further notice," though they've assured citizens to standby for possible further mobilization. The Sudanese Professionals Association have backed the suspension of the campaign, urging folks to return to work in the interim, BBC adds.

Khaled Omar, opposition leader, comments to Al Hadath TV that the halting of the campaign "was not tied to any specific political developments."

According to Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dirir, the Council has also agreed to release political prisoners as a confidence-building measure.

Salah Abdelkhalek, a member of the TMC, tells the BBC that regarding the negotiations, the Council might agree to "equal sharing power with the opposition," though they are still adamant that the head of the new transitional council should be from the military.

Abdelkhalek adds that hundreds of soldiers and officers who were involved with the June 3 massacre have been arrested; as well as cosigning an international investigation into the killings.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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