Home | News    Tuesday 4 June 2019

U.S. senior officials condemn bloody violence against Sudanese protesters


National security adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Photo AP)
June 3, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - U.S. senior officials have condemned the attack on Sudanese protesters and called on the military junta to speed up power transfer to a civilian-led authority.

John Bolton, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (NSA) and Tibor Nagy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs both posted separate tweets to denounce the attack on the sit-in area.

"The unprovoked violence of Sudan’s security forces against peaceful demonstrators in Khartoum is abhorrent,". said Bolton.

"The TMC must respect the right to peaceful demonstration and speed transition to a civilian-led government, which the Sudanese people have rightfully demanded," he further stressed.

The bloody attack took place after several days of tough statements by the TMC members against the Sudanese opposition groups and their demand for a civilian-led authority, as they voiced their rejection to hand over the Sovereign Council to the opposition.

For his part, Nagy pointed an accusing finger against the militiamen of the RSF saying the attack on the sit-inners "was a brutal and coordinated attack, led by the Rapid Support Forces militia, that mirrors some of the worst offences of the Bashir regime".

"We call on Sudan’s military authorities to rein in these abusive forces and protect the people of Sudan," he said.

Further, he added that the attack underscores the need for an immediate agreement with the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) to transition to a civilian-led interim government.

"A rushed election or transition to a technocratic government that does not include the main opposition coalition will not suffice. We stand with the peaceful protesters in Sudan," he stressed.

"The path to stability, recovery, and partnership with the U.S. is through a civilian-led government".

In Khartoum, the active U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steven Koutsis who paid several visits to the site of protests said in a short statement that the attack "against protesters and other civilians is wrong and must stop. (The) responsibility falls on the TMC".


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

When armed groups obstruct peace in Sudan 2020-05-23 22:53:24 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman It is regrettable that some Armed struggle movement factions stand as a stumbling block against the path to the peace process for Sudan. Having said that, one will start (...)

South Sudan needs moral rearmament 2020-05-23 22:14:51 By Biong Deng Biong On 13th May 2020, just 3 days before 16 May National celebration, a veteran revolutionary was inoffensively gunned down in his home village of Mayen Jur (Apuk Giir Thiik), (...)

Resolving the impasse on GERD negotiations 2020-05-21 09:32:03 By A.T. Abera Ethiopia and Egypt share the Nile with 9 other riparian states. While the Nile and its tributaries naturally have their source upstream, Egypt, at the mouth of the river, has a (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.