Sudanese are embarking on a campaign of civil disobedience as they push for a civilian rule.
They have abandoned work and business resulting in largely deserted streets in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.
The major strike as campaigners call it started over the weekend but with deadly consequences.
At least four people were killed on Sunday when Sudanese security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters.
Termed ‘civil disobedience’ the protesters are hoping a major strike should make it difficult for the military to govern Sudan.
Last week a similar crackdown from the security forces led to hundreds of deaths.
Earlier on Sunday, soldiers a number of bank, airport and electricity workers in an attempt to frustrate the intended strike.
Sudan’s military council has said it is further deploying security forces including the deadly Rapid Support Force across the streets.
Sudan has been suspended from the AU during an emergency meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa.
The continental body earlier warned Sudan of sanctions if it did not return to a civilian rule.
Protesters have been demanding a return to a civilian rule after the military seized power and announced a three-year transition period.
Last Friday Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed visited Sudan to hold talks with the military and the opposition.
Ahmed is hoping to be able to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the country after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir.