A significant number of Sudanese gathered on the streets of the capital of Khartoum and different cities on Saturday to mark the 40th day since the lethal dispersal of a dissent sit-in.
A protest head said an arranged meeting with the nation’s dictating generals to sign a power-sharing deal postponed until Sunday.
The “Justice First” march was called by the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has been leading the dissents since December. Demonstrations led to the military ouster of the president Omar al-Bashir in April.
The march marked 40 days since the dispersal of the pro-democracy demonstrators’ sit-in outside the military base camp in Khartoum on June 3.
Protest coordinators state security powerskilled at least 128 people during the dispersal and resulting crackdown.
Authorities, in any case, put the loss of life around 61, including three members of the security forces.
Protesters have called for a “fair and honest” investigation concerning the deaths. “The military council should be held responsible for the carnage,” according to protestor Samer Hussein. Protestors were seen waving Sudanese banners and posters that read: “Freedom, Peace and Justice” and “Civilian authority is the general public choice.”
The march on Saturday additionally put pressure on the ruling military council and the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which speaks for the protestors.
They wanted to have a meeting and sign a power-sharing deal. African Union envoy Mohammed el-Hassan Labat initially said a discussion would take place on Saturday night.
Later, Ahmed Rabei, a representative forthe SPA, said that the protest movement called for the meeting to be postponed until Sunday.The state-run SUNA news office, however, revealed that the two sides would meet late Saturday. SUNA cited an announcement by the military council as saying that they would talk about the “constitutional document” with the FDFC.
The Sudanese Communist party, on Saturday said it removed thepower-sharing deal since it seems prohibiting an international investigation regarding the crackdown and it retains paramilitary forces in existence.
The party said it would not participate in the sovereign council, the bureau or the legislative body which would govern Sudan during the transition.
The arrangement incorporates a joint Sovereign Council set to lead for barely three years while elections are organized, alongside constitutional declaration, as indicated by a duplicate of the copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press.
A military chief is to head the 11 member council for the initial 21 months, trailed by a civilian officer for the following 18. The arrangement, which likewise incorporates an FDFC-appointedcabinet, was intended to end a weekslong political deadlock between the military and protestors since the Khartoum sit-in sitegot cleared.
They likewise agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation concerning the deadly crackdown by security authorities on the challenges a month ago; however, it’s unclear if anybody will be considered responsible.
By Grace Young