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Arresting demonstrators will not solve Sudan's economic crisis


 sudan demonstrators

by Joseph Earnest  June 27, 2012                   


Newscast Media KHARTOUM, SudanThe Sudanese government's arrest and mistreatment of demonstrators will not solve the country's economic crisis, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, calling on Omar Bashir’s government to immediately release those it has detained.

In a June 26 statement, Nuland said peaceful demonstrations that began June 16 with university students protesting a rise in food and fuel prices have been met with "numerous arrests and detentions," as well as "reports of protesters being beaten, imprisoned, and severely mistreated while in government custody."

The demonstrations have reportedly spread beyond the capital, Khartoum, to other parts of the country and have been described as the most active in Sudan since Bashir's rule began in 1989. Nuland condemned what she described as the "heavy-handed approach adopted by Sudanese security forces" against the demonstrators and called it "disproportionate and deeply concerning."

"A government that respects the rights of its citizens to freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in order to raise their grievances does not respond to such protests by using unnecessary force," she said.

Nuland also said the Sudanese government is deepening the country’s economic crisis by engaging in armed conflicts in the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile regions, and by failing to reach agreements with neighboring South Sudan on oil, trade and other avenues of economic cooperation.    Add Comments>>






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