Hundreds of students demonstrate in central Khartoum demanding accountability for the deaths of their colleagues

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Hundreds of students demonstrated in downtown Khartoum on Tuesday demanding a civilian rule and holding those responsible for the deaths of their colleagues in the midst of months of political turmoil.

The demonstration comes after signing last week a power-sharing agreement between the leaders of the protests and the military junta, but the negotiations did not yet address the accountability of those responsible for the hundreds killed since the outbreak of demonstrations in December.

The students demonstrated at the invitation of a gathering of Sudanese professionals.

The students chanted “civilian, civilian” and “blood with blood, do not accept blood money”. Some of them carried pictures of their comrades who had been killed in the last seven months of protests while others waved Sudanese flag.

Riot police have been deployed in the area but have not clashed with protesters.

“We are on the street because we want to hold accountable those responsible for the massacre of the General Command,” said IT student Malaz Ezzeddine.

The June 3 crackdown on protesters in the capital Khartoum, which killed dozens of protesters and injured hundreds,

For his part, student Abdullah Khalaf Allah said, “We pretend to convey a message that we are determined to our demands, our main demand will remain a civilian state and punishment for the martyrs.”

The leader of the coalition of freedom and change forces organized the protests Ismail Taj addressed the students in which he said, “You are the heart of the revolution, our loyalty to you and our loyalty to the martyrs.”

Since the outbreak of protests on December 19, more than 246 demonstrators have been killed across the country, according to the Sudan Central Doctors Committee, including 127 people on June 3 during the sit-in in front of the headquarters of the armed forces in Khartoum.

The committee said 1,353 people had been wounded since the outbreak of protests against President Omar al-Bashir’s rule and turned into protests against the military junta that took power after the army overthrew Bashir. The authorities announced a lower toll.

On Wednesday morning, army and protest leaders initialed an agreement to form a joint military-military council to establish a transitional administration that would run the country for a 39-month period, meeting one of the main demands of the protesters.

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