Sudanese protest leaders and ruling generals are to resume talks later Thursday on the remaining aspects of installing civilian rule, state media reported, as thousands rallied against the killing of four students this week.
Talks between the Transitional Military Council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest group will resume Thursday evening, spokesman for the ruling military council General Shamseddine Kabbashi told the official SUNA news agency.
Prominent protest leader Madani Abbas Madani told reporters the talks would begin at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT).
Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators rallied in the capital and other cities Thursday after protest leaders called for a “million-strong” march to condemn the killings of four schoolchildren.
Tragedy struck Al-Obeid on Monday when four high school students and two other protesters were shot dead at a rally against growing bread and fuel shortages in the city in central Sudan.
A top general, Jamal Omar, accused members of the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of opening fire on the rally in Al-Obeid.
Hundreds of students protested in Sudan's capital a day after security forces in another town killed 4 school children and an adult who were protesting food and electricity shortages.
They chanted: "Killing a student is killing a nation." pic.twitter.com/xkW4V0vBgE
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On Thursday, demonstrators marched in several areas of Khartoum after their leaders called for a mass rally to “seek justice” for those killed in Al-Obeid and other protest-linked violence.
“Where is the investigation committee?” chanted protesters as they marched in the Burri and Bahri districts, sites of regular protests since they first erupted in December against the regime of now-ousted president Omar al-Bashir.
Many carried Sudanese flags and photographs of some of those people killed in the months-long protest campaign.
Protesters also rallied in Al-Obeid, the Red Sea coastal city of Port Sudan, in White Nile state and in the central city of Madani, witnesses said.
Omar, a member of Sudan’s ruling military council which has taken over from Bashir, accused elements of the feared RSF of opening fire at the Al-Obeid rally.
The rally was initially stopped with batons by a group of RSF forces guarding a nearby bank, the general told reporters during a visit to the city late Wednesday.
“This action led to a reaction from some students who threw stones at the forces,” Omar said.
“This made some members of the force act in their individual capacity to open fire on protesters. We have identified those who fired live ammunition that led to the killing of the six,” he said.