Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the country on Saturday, witnesses said, to mark 40 days since security forces stormed a protest camp in the capital Khartoum, killing dozens.
Chanting "Blood for blood, we won't accept compensations", 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.
The June 3 raid had come after talks between protest leaders and military generals, who seized power after the army ousted longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April, collapsed over who should head a new governing body - a civilian or soldier.
Envoy to Sudan Mohamed Hacen Lebatt announced on Saturday that the talks between Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, have been delayed to Sunday.
African Union mediators have said the sides will sign the final agreement very soon. SUNA quoted a statement by the military council as saying that they would discuss the "constitutional document" with the FDFC in their meeting in a luxury Khartoum hotel. The government confirmed at least 61 deaths. "The military council should be held accountable (for) the massacre", said protester Samer Hussein.
Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) claims that it foiled an attempted coup d'état in Khartoum on Thursday.
He said the conspirators "attempted to implement a military coup and to block the agreement between the TMC and the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), which is imminent and leading to a political transformation that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people". The military and a pro-democracy coalition agreed last Friday on a joint sovereign council that will rule for a little over three years while elections are organized.
The agreement stipulates that the new governing body will be presided over by a military nominee for the first 21 months, and by a civilian for the last 18 months.
The deal, which also includes an FDFC-appointed cabinet, was meant to end a weekslong political deadlock between the military and protesters since the Khartoum sit-in site was cleared. The two sides also agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation into the deadly crackdown, but the details have yet to be worked out.
Dagalo is also the commander of the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces which protesters and rights groups allege carried out the June 3 raid.
The RSF grew out of the notorious Janjaweed militias used by al-Bashir in the Darfur conflict in the early 2000s.
Dagalo accused "intelligence agencies" of defaming the RSF.
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