Japan Condemns Deadly Attacks on Protesters in Sudan

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Tokyo – (PanOrient News) Japan condemned attacks by a security force on pro-democracy protesters in Sudan in a statement by Foreign Press Secretary Takeshi Osuga. The attacks, which occurred on Monday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, reportedly left over 100 demonstrators dead and hundreds more injured.

“Japan expresses grave concerns about the deterioration of the political and security situation in Sudan and condemns the attacks by the security force,” said the statement. “Japan demands the Transitional Military Council to address the situation through dialogue.”

The 30-year rule of the country’s former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir came to an end in April, when he was ousted by the military amid large-scale protests. But demonstrations continued after it became known that the country’s generals had taken control in a Transitional Military Council.

It was not immediately clear what part of Sudan’s military ordered the crackdown, which followed a breakdown in negotiations between military leadership and protesters. But the attacks resulted in the country’s suspension from the African Union and the condemnation of some countries, including the U.S. and U.K.

“Japan continues to pay close attention to the situation in Sudan and hopes that constitutional order will be restored as soon as possible in a democratic manner,” said the statement.

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