Demonstrators in Sudan demand justice for those killed in crackdown

Many protesters were carrying banners that read'Justice for Martyrs, while others held

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 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.

The political transition deal is 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 organisers.

Rasha Awad, editor of the online Sudanese newspaper Altaghyeer, said the military council's actions will determine what happens next.

In Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman, hundreds demonstrated on al-Arbaeen Street, a major artery. Hundreds more protested in Port Sudan, capital of Red Sea state, and Al-Ubayyid, capital of North Kordofan.

Protesters were seen waving Sudanese flags and posters that read: "Freedom, Peace and Justice" and "Civilian (authority) is the people's choice".

"The meeting, which was scheduled to be held Saturday between the TMC and the Freedom and Change Alliance, has been delayed to Sunday", Lebatt told reporters.

Security forces used barbed wire to block a main road leading to the Defence Ministry compound, the site of the protest camp crushed by security forces on June 3, a Reuters witness said.

Saturday's marches also put pressure on the ruling military council as it and the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change - which represents the protesters - planned to meet to sign a power-sharing agreement.

But Ahmed Rabei, a spokesperson for the SPA, said later that the protest movement had called for the talks to be postponed until Sunday, "for more consultations" within the FDFC on the deal.

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.

Labat, the AU envoy, and Mahmoud Dirir, Ethiopia's envoy, met with the military council.

The signing ceremony was expected to take place earlier this week, but several delays were announced, raising suspicions the two parties might still be divided over the agreement's details.

Sudan's ruling military council said it foiled an attempted military coup Thursday, just days after the military and a pro-democracy coalition agreed on a joint sovereign council to rule the country during a transition period until elections are held.

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