Khartoum, Sudan, Reuters discussed on PBS NewsHour

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Military crackdown, and Sudan today, the worst violence since the overthrow of the country's president in April. John Yang has the latest on the violence today. Targeted the center of a months-long civilian movement that forced downfall of the country's longtime ruler. Omar al-bashir dozens were killed as protesters dodge live gunfire, the main opposition group, accused the military of committing a massacre, purchasers vowed to remain on the streets until the generals who replaced by share in April hand power to a civilian government opposition group suspended talks with the military after today's crackdown. The US embassy in Khartoum urged Sudanese forces to stop the attacks and blame the military for the violence for more on this. We're joined by Michael Georgia. He's a special Middle East. Correspondent for Reuters. And he joins us by Skype from Khartoum dirge. Thanks for joining us. I. Can you tell us it's late Monday night where you are right now? What is the situation on the streets now? Well, the streets bring clients the moments started very violently today. Situations, intense, the woman it's what what led to today's events. What triggered the events? I think the military council really informative patients. They've been filled over our governments. They wanted ratio where they can stay in charge even if there's a civilian government, which rejected suggestions. Those talks. Are you say there's stalled and is that the main sticking point is who's going to control the, the government in this interim period before elections? Yes. The main problem is that the military wants to stay in control and basically dominate while the opposition form, some Jillian governments. And as I understand both sides of agreed on elections in three years. It's a question of what happens between now and then. Yes up, right? The transition is the issue. We've heard the opposition accused the military of a massacre in this incident. What is the military's explanation? The military has downplayed the violence upset, they were attacking criminal elements, and they actually at one point announced that they would ready to resume talks, obviously opposition completely rejects this, so they do see as massacre, it's been the most violent since she owes toppled in April. But it's clearly the strongest signal that the military is not going to compromise, at least, for now based on the reports from the street and what you've been able to gather and your colleagues have been able to gather how much truth or how, how likely is the military explaination that they weren't targeting the protesters they were targeting criminal elements. Well, it's clear that they broke up the sit in which has been a huge similar resistance. So there's no doubt. They were they were their aim was to disperse the city, however, some protesters have gone to other parts of Khartoum barricaded streets with burning tires cetera. So that could be issued escalate the crackdown, but doesn't have the military leaders have gotten some support from regional powers, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates. They've met with them the leaders of the military who now are now in power. What's at stake for those regional powers in Sudan? The regional hours are concerned about political Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East. So, Dan, of course, has thirty years of rule by slam what they want is to root out these limits, and the that's pretty clear because after the they promised billions of dollars. And there've been movements from general immidiate others. Head of the council to Saudi Arabia and the UAE and Egypt. So it's obvious. They've got full support from those countries, which will make it likely that the military doesn't need to really make concessions at this point. Michael Georgy of Reuters. Joining us from Khartoum. Thank you very much. Thank you..

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