August 19, 2022

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US threatens Sudan army over violence against protesters

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State

United States has threatened Sudan army over ongoing violence against peaceful protesters. Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, has said in a statement US is ready to take action against Sudanese army officers who are involved in atrocities against civilian protesters.

On December 30, at least 5 protesters were killed and dozens injured by Sudanese security forces in Omdurman.

Sudanese protesters have been marching against the Sudanese military since October 25 when Sudanese army chief Abdul Fattah Al Burhan staged a coup and put civilian Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok under house arrest.

Prime Minister Hamdok was reinstated in November after he struck a deal with the Sudanese army, but the deal was rejected by the Sudanese people.

Sudanese protesters want complete civilian rule with no role of the Sudanese military in politics. Every weekend, tens of thousands of protesters march towards the Presidential palace in Khartoum.

Sudanese political tensions are further aggravated by worsening economic conditions. Inflation, unemployment, rising fuel and bread prices have led to unrest which is threatening Sudanese political and social fabric.