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Newsline: Sudan’s Security Forces Kill Protesters Ahead of U.S. Diplomats’ Visit

Sudanese security forces killed seven people and injured at least 100 others on Monday, a doctors’ group said, the latest bloody protest to shake the country ahead of a visit by senior American diplomats seeking to support the revival of Sudan’s faltering transition to democracy. Those killed were between the ages of 19 and 40 and were shot in the pelvis or chest, according a pro-democracy group, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors. The doctors’ group said in a statement on Facebook that the death toll among civilians since the coup had grown to 71. The protesters who were killed were among thousands who took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and other major cities on Monday, condemning the October coup and demanding a return to civilian rule. But protesters, particularly those who marched toward the presidential palace in Khartoum, were met with tear gas, live bullets and sound bombs, the doctors’ group said. (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/world/africa/sudan-violence-protesters-killed.html) Officials with the United States, the European Union and the U.N. Human Rights Office condemned the crackdown on Tuesday and called on the military to cease using force against protesters. To bolster the U.N. talks that began earlier this month, the American assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Molly Phee, and the newly appointed special envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, are expected in Khartoum this week. The American diplomats are expected to meet pro-democracy activists and the military, and to offer support for the Sudanese people’s calls for a return to civilian rule. Ned Price, the spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said on Monday that the two leaders “will reiterate our call for security forces to end violence and respect freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.” But analysts say the crackdown on Monday shows that the military doesn’t care about the pressure the United States and other international allies are placing on them.

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