Commenting on reports of Sudanese security forces’ crackdown on demonstrations and use of excessive force against protesters in Khartoum, FCO Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, said:
I am shocked and saddened by reports of Sudanese security forces’ use of excessive force against protesters in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities over the last five days, which has resulted in many deaths and injured hundreds of protesters. I want to offer my sympathy and condolences for all the victims and their families.
I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint and I call on the Sudanese Government to cease the use of live ammunition immediately.
I am also concerned at the large number of detentions, including of a number of journalists and political activists, and by the heavy censorship of the press and closure of international news agencies. The Government of Sudan must respect the right of its people to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.
These events demonstrate the importance of all parties in Sudan engaging in a meaningful comprehensive national dialogue to build a more prosperous, stable and peaceful Sudan. The UK is committed to helping Sudan work towards this vision.
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