Demonstrators in Sudan demand justice for those killed in crackdown

Demonstrators in Sudan demand justice for those killed in crackdown

Bashir was ousted by the army on April 11 after thousands of protesters camped outside the military headquarters in central Khartoum from April 6.

Sudan's military rulers said on Thursday that several officers had attempted a coup in an effort to undermine an agreement between the military and the opposition to share power for three years ahead of elections.

"After an accurate monitoring, the security forces have arrested [a] number of senior and junior officers who plotted for this failed coup attempt", the head of the TMC's security and defense committee, Lieutenant General Jamal Omar, said on state television.

The deal was meant to end the impasse between the military council and the protest movement since security forces razed a massive pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum early last month, killing more than 100 people, according to protest organizers. Ibrahim said that 12 officers were arrested, including seven in service and five in pensions and four officers were detained.

Crowds of protesters marched in Khartoum's northern district of Bahari, a protest hotbed since demonstrations first erupted in December against the then regime of now ousted president Omar Al-Bashir.

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He highlighted that the coup attempt was planned in this critical timing to impede the agreement between the TMC and the AFC.

Later on Saturday the protest leaders and generals were scheduled to hold more talks on the finer details of the blueprint, mediators said, before it is formally signed in the coming days.

The new governing body aims to install an overall transitional civilian administration for a period of little over three years. It has a population of 39 million people (2016 estimate) and occupies a total area of 1,886,068 square kilometres (728,215 square miles), making it the third-largest country in Africa. "What between us is a real and important partnership to bring Sudan out to safety and ensure that no problems will occur", said Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, the TMC's deputy chairman, when addressing a popular rally in Nahr al-Neel State, north of the capital Khartoum Saturday. Witnesses said many protesters were carrying banners that read: "Justice for Martyrs" while others held photographs of demonstrators killed in the raid. The sit-in followed the collapse of talks between the military and demonstrators in May. Intense mediation by African Union and Ethiopian mediators finally led to the agreement reached on the new joint governing body on July 5.

In Khartoum on Saturday, thousands protested on Sitteen Street, a major thoroughfare in the capital, a Reuters witness said. RSF troops stood on roads surrounding Burri, armed with sticks. Military leaders deny responsibility for the sit-in attack and blamed the violence on "rogue" elements.

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