Oct 30 2021 - 05:43

Blinken says violence against protesters unacceptable

The United States on Friday urged Sudan's military coup leaders to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters Lebanon, news ,lbci ,أخبار Coup, Protest, Blinken, Sudan,USA,The United States on Friday urged Sudan's military coup leaders to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters
Blinken says violence against protesters unacceptable
Lebanon News
Sudanese military forces tightened security in the capital on Saturday ahead of planned nationwide protests to demand the restoration of a civilian-led government to put the country back on a path to democracy after a coup.
Thousands of Sudanese have already taken to the streets this week to protest against General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ousting Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's cabinet in a takeover that led Western states to freeze hundreds of millions in aid.
In central Khartoum there was a heavy military deployment of armed troops that included the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.
Security forces had blocked roads leading to the defense ministry complex and the airport, as well as most of the bridges connecting Khartoum with its twin cities of Omdurman and Khartoum North.
With at least 11 protesters killed in clashes with security forces, opponents fear a full-blown crackdown.
"The army should go back to its barracks and give the leadership to Hamdok," said an activist who gave his name as Mohamed, who plans to protest. "Our demand is a civilian country, a democratic country, nothing less than that."
In local neighborhoods, protest groups blocked roads overnight with stones, bricks, tree branches and plastic pipes to try to prevent any attempts by security forces to enter.
In some streets there are makeshift barricades every 30-40 metres. “We will be on the streets to call for democracy,” said one activist who asked not to be named.
A 75-year-old man who gave his name as Moatez and was walking the streets searching for bread said normal life had been brought to a complete halt in Khartoum. “Why did Burhan and the army put the country in this crisis? They could solve the problem without violence,” he said.
The United States, which is calling for the restoration of the civilian-led government, said how the army reacted would be a test of its intentions.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sudan’s security forces must respect human rights and any violence against peaceful demonstrators was "unacceptable."
The United States continues to stand with "Sudan’s people in their nonviolent struggle for democracy", he said on Twitter.
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