All schools in Sudan have been ordered to suspend classes indefinitely from July 31 following demonstrations by crowds of students protesting against the killing of six protesters that include five pupils.

The five teenagers, all in high school, were killed while more than 60 others were wounded at a rally in the central town of Al-Obeid.  According to the protest movement and residents, the students were rallying against the fuel and bread shortages.

Consequently, intermittent protests were held by school children in several other parts of the capital and in other cities against the Monday killings.

“Killing a student is killing a nation,” chanted the hundreds of schoolchildren, dressed in their uniforms and waving Sudanese flags, as they took to the streets of Khartoum.

The killings took place just a day before protest leaders were set to hold talks with generals on outstanding aspects of setting up civilian rule after the two sides inked a power-sharing deal earlier this month. The meeting consequently had to be called off.