UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Hundreds of Sudanese marched on a main square in Khartoum on Thursday to “commemorate the martyrs” of the uprising that has killed more than 200 people since it erupted last December against the rule of former President Omar al-Bashir.
The marches took place the day after the signing of the army leaders and initial protest agreement to form a joint military-civilian council aimed at establishing a civil administration, in what constitutes one of the main demands of the protesters.
Hundreds of men and women chanted slogans and waved Sudanese flags on their way to the Green Square, a key square in Khartoum, at the invitation of a group of Sudanese professionals, one of the main protest forces, witnesses said.
A witness said the participants had taken pictures of some of the victims of the protests.
The rally said in a statement Wednesday evening that the marches were aimed “to pay tribute to the martyrs of the glorious December revolution.”
Witnesses said the participants chanted “civilian civilian” and “freedom, peace and justice” on their way to the square.
The rally led the first demonstrations in December against Bashir’s government to protest the government’s decision to raise the price of bread three times.
But the protests soon turned into a nationwide protest movement against Bashir, who ruled the country for 30 years before being ousted by the army on April 11.
Protests continued on the street to demand that the military junta, which took power after the overthrow of Bashir, hand over power to civilians.
Tension escalated after gunmen in military uniforms staged a sit-in for thousands of protesters outside Khartoum’s military headquarters on June 3, killing dozens and injuring hundreds.
Protesters and human rights organizations accuse the Rapid Support Forces, led by Vice President of the junta, Mohammad Hamdan Daklou, of attacking the protesters’ sit-in. But the military denies it ordered the sit-in to end.
On Wednesday, army commanders and protesters signed an agreement paving the way for a 39-month transitional civil administration.
The two sides are due to resume talks on Friday on some controversial issues that have yet to be agreed upon.
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