Demonstrators in Sudan demand justice for those killed in crackdown

Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans outside the army headquarters

Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans outside the army headquarters

Hundreds of Sudanese protesters rallied across the country on Saturday to mourn scores of demonstrators killed in a brutal raid on a Khartoum sit-in last month, witnesses said.

The current ruling military council insists it did not order the raid on the sit-in, which according to the protest movement left more than 100 killed and hundreds wounded on that day. There were protests in other places, including the Red Sea city of Port Sudan and the eastern province of Kassala.

The transition has been a bloody one as pro-democracy supporters camped outside the military headquarters for weeks demanding a civilian-led interim administration were brutally dispersed. Officials put the death toll at 62.

He said the conspirators "attempted to implement a military coup and to block the agreement between the TMC and the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), which is imminent and leading to a political transformation that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people".

The protest organisers hoped that large numbers would take part in the marches, similar to massive demonstrations on June 30, when tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets in the biggest show of numbers in the uprising. African Union envoy Mohammed el-Hassan Labat originally said a meeting would take place Saturday night.

Under the reported deal, five seats would go to the military and five to civilians, with an additional seat given to a civilian agreed upon by both sides.

Ethiopian mediator Mahmoud Dirir, who has been involved in mediating between the two sides, told reporters that the political declaration will be "debated on, discussed and signed at the same time".

The June 3 raid came after talks between protest leaders and military generals, who seized power after Al-Bashir was ousted, collapsed over who should head a new governing body - a civilian or soldier.

Ibrahim said that the armed forces, rapid support forces, security, intelligence, and police will remain keen on the security and stability of the country and secure the gains and achieve the highest national goals and access to power through the ballot box, according to the Sudanese News Agency.

Late on Saturday, the Sudanese Communist party, which is part of the protest movement, said it rejected the power-sharing agreement because it does not include an worldwide investigation into the crackdown and it keeps paramilitary forces in existence.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy head of the Transitional Military Council and head of the RSF, which controls Khartoum and whose members are accused of violently dispersing the sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, defended the latter's role in maintaining security.

The RSF grew out of the notorious Janjaweed militias used by al-Bashir in the Darfur conflict in the early 2000s. He did not elaborate.

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