Sudan protesters ‘totally reject’ call for talks; 101 killed

Protest leaders dismiss army’s offer to hold talks as medics say 40 bodies pulled from Nile in wake of deadly crackdown.

Sudanese protesters in Khartoum demand that the country’s military council hand over power to civilians [Reuters]
Sudanese protest leaders have “totally” rejected the military’s offer for an unconditional resumption of talks as the death toll since a violent dispersal of a protest camp jumped to 101.

The toll rose on Wednesday after a doctors’ group aligned to the protest movement said 40 bodies were pulled from the Nile River and taken to an unknown location by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said the bodies were retrieved from the river on Tuesday, a day after security forces stormed the weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

“To this moment, the total number of deaths that have been accounted by doctors is 101,” it said.

No official casualty figures have been released.

The raid on Monday marked a pivotal moment in the weeks-long struggle between the powerful military council and opposition groups over who should lead Sudan’s transition to democracy following the removal of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

Immediately after the crackdown, the military council cancelled all agreements it had reached with the opposition, but on Wednesday it rowed back amid mounting international criticism of the violence.

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