Sudanese authorities tighten security measures, and Washington warns against using violence against protesters

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, warned the Sudanese authorities not to use violence against the demonstrators, at a time when the Sudanese were preparing to go out in mass demonstrations today, Saturday.

The US Secretary of State said on his Twitter page, “Sudanese security forces must respect human rights, and any violence against peaceful protesters is unacceptable.”

He added that the United States stands with the Sudanese people in their peaceful struggle for democracy.

On Friday, the United States called on the leaders of the military coup in Sudan to refrain from using violence against peaceful demonstrators on the eve of planned demonstrations today, Saturday, to protest against the army’s control of power, and said that the army’s response would be a test of its intentions.

“Tomorrow there will be a real indication of the military’s intentions,” a senior US State Department official told reporters, asking not to be named.

Sudan’s top army general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan speaks during a press conference at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum on October 26, 2021. – Angry Sudanese stood their ground in street protests against a coup, as international condemnation of the military’s takeover poured in ahead of a UN Security Council meeting. (Photo by Ashraf SHAZLY / AFP)

“We call on the security forces to refrain from any form of violence against protesters, and to fully respect the right of citizens to demonstrate peacefully,” he added.

The US State Department’s statements coincide with calls by activists in Sudan opposed to the rule of the army, for nationwide protests today, Saturday, to demand the handover of power to civilians and the restoration of the democratic transition.

Our correspondent in Khartoum stated that the Sudanese security authorities have tightened their procedures and closed all bridges, except for the Soba and Halfaya bridges, in anticipation of mass demonstrations on Saturday.

The army leadership in Sudan, which seized power last Monday, is facing great international pressure, condemning the actions of the military council, and countries and organizations announced the cessation of aid to Khartoum and called on the army to return power to civilians and release political detainees.

Source: Reuters

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