Thousands of Sudanese demonstrated on Thursday calling for justice for scores of people killed since last year’s military coup which deepened the country’s political crisis, AFP correspondents said. Unrest has gripped Sudan since October 2021, when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led a military takeover that derailed the country’s transition to civilian rule, established following the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir. Near-weekly anti-coup protests have been met with a violent crackdown that has so far left at least 119 people dead, according to pro-democracy medics — feeding into Sudan’s deepening unrest. Thursday’s protests, which drew the largest crowds in northern Khartoum, marks one year since November 17, 2021. That day saw 15 people killed, the deadliest single-day crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations. “The martyr’s blood did not go in vain,” demonstrators chanted, while others called for the military to “go back to the barracks.” Some protestors criticised a possible deal between the military and Sudan’s main civilian bloc, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which was ousted in the coup. Ongoing talks between the FFC and the military, which have lasted for weeks, are the latest bid to break the political stalemate. The two sides recently welcomed a transitional constitution developed by the Sudanese Bar Association as a basis for a lasting agreement.