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Sudan School Students March for 'Civilian Rule'

Hundreds of students from several schools in three Sudanese towns took to the streets Thursday, chanting "civilian rule, civilian rule," witnesses said, the main demand of demonstrators protesting against the ruling generals.

The spontaneous protests by school students in the agricultural towns of Madani, Gadaref and Sinnar came as talks between the protest leaders and generals entered a second day Thursday over the forming of an overall governing body.

"Students from the high school stepped out of their campus and marched towards downtown, chanting 'civilian rule, civilian rule,'" a teacher from the school in the central town of Madani told AFP by telephone.

The students were also chanting "blood for blood, we don't want compensation," a catchcry of the protest movement calling for those guilty of killing demonstrators to face justice.

Similar marches were also staged in Sinnar and Gadaref towns on Thursday, witnesses said.

"No education in this horrible situation," chanted students in Gadaref, marching on the main street of the town, a resident from the town, said.

Protest leaders and the ruling generals are expected later Thursday to continue talks for a second straight day, the first such round of negotiation since a deadly crackdown on demonstrators last month.

The talks revolve around the issue of who should lead a new governing body -- a civilian or soldier.

Talks had collapsed in May over the issue and tension between the two sides further soared after the raid on a protest camp on June 3 killed dozens.

The dialogue finally resumed Wednesday after intense mediation by Ethiopian and African Union envoys, who have put forward a draft proposal to break the deadlock.

The generals seized power after the army ousted longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir following months of nationwide protests against his ironfisted rule of three decades, but have resisted transferring power to a civilian administration.

Source: Agence France Presse


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