KHARTOUM, SUDAN: Shops are closed and streets are empty across Sudan’s capital on the first day of a general strike called for by protest leaders demanding the resignation of the ruling military council.

The Sudanese Professionals Association had called on people to stay home Sunday in protest at the military’s deadly crackdown last week when security forces violently dispersed the group’s main sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

The SPA spearheaded months of mass protests that led to the military overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April, and had called on people to remain in the streets until a full handover of power to civilians.