Sudan Protesters Rally 40 Days After Sit-In Dispersal

Thousands of Sudanese crowded the streets of the capital of Khartoum and other cities Saturday, July 13, to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in as the country’s ruling generals and pro-democracy movement postponed a planned meeting until Sunday in order to sign a power-sharing deal.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese flooded the streets of Khartoum and other cities Saturday to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in, and a protest leader said a planned meeting with the country’s ruling generals to sign a power-sharing deal was postponed until Sunday.

The “Justice First” marches were called by the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has been spearheading the protests since December. Those demonstrations led to the military ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in April.

The marches marked 40 days since the dispersal of the pro-democracy protesters’ sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3. Protest organizers said security forces killed at least 128 people during the dispersal and subsequent crackdown. Authorities, however, put the death toll at 61, including three from security forces.