US Slams Sudan's Brutal Crackdown on Protesters
Violence again hunts Sudan
Today, the United States of America expressed condemnation of the brutal crackdown on protesters by Sudan's police forces in Khartoum.
In her remarks in Washington DC, Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki says the United States condemns violence by government forces and protesters, and urges restraint on both sides.
The US deplores the excessive use of force against civilians that has reportedly resulted in dozens of casualties.
Ms. Psaki says that the heavy-handed approach by Sudanese security forces is disproportionate, deeply concerning, and risks escalation of the unrest.
"We also call on the Government of Sudan to respect the universal rights of its citizens, including the freedoms of speech, assembly, and peaceful protest." - Ms. Psaki
Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, President of Sudan, and Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of Republic of South Sudan, greet each other at the Independence Ceremony of the new nation. UN PHOTO
US Alarmed By Detention Of Activitist
Ms. Psaki says the US government is alarmed by reports that the Sudanese government has arrested or detained civil society activists, shut down independent media, and restricted access to the internet and cell phone networks.
"These activities inhibit peaceful expression of citizens' grievances." - Ms. Psaki
Ms. Psaki urges the Government of Sudan to provide the political space necessary for a meaningful dialogue with the Sudanese people about the political and economic challenges facing their country.
At Least 50 People Dead
Human rights groups accused the country's security forces of shooting dead at least 50 people.
In addition, the Police fired teargas to disperse thousands of Sudanese civilians demanding the ousting of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir
President Bashir seized power in a 1989 coup but outrage rose among its citizens when corruption continued to proliferate in the African country.
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