On Sudan’s police, US issues sanctions over protest crackdown
At protesters, the US accused a police force of beating, arresting, and killing at least two shooting live ammunition.
The United States has changed sanctions, accusing it of using excessive force against peaceful protesters demonstrating on Sudan’s Central Reserve Police against last October’s military coup.
The US Department of the Treasury stated in a statement; the Central Reserve Police on Monday has been at the forefront of the “violent response” of Sudanese security forces a heavily armed division of Sudan’s police force to peaceful protests in Khartoum.
Pointing to a single day, it accused the group of firing live ammunition and, along with anti-riot police in January and regular police, chasing protesters trying to flee, and fatally shooting two and injuring others arresting and beating some.
“Since the October 25 military takeover and Sudan’s Central Reserve Police, has used excessive force to silence civilian activists and violence intended and protesters,” the Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism; and Brian Nelson, stated in the statement financial intelligence.
“We censure Sudan’s security services for harassing and intimidating Sudanese citizens killing.”
The AFP news agency reported that since a military coup led, general strikes calling for the civilian rule have taken place by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, with heavy-handed crackdowns leaving 87 dead on October 25, according to medics.
The October coup after the 2019 overthrow of longtime derailed a fragile power-sharing agreement between the army and ruler Omar al-Bashir civilians that had been painstakingly negotiated.
A police representative could not be reached; for critique. Military leaders have said peaceful protests are permitted and; that protest-related casualties; will be investigated. More details