With deaths connected to the conflict between anti-coup protesters and soldiers climbed to at least 11, the United States and United Nations started speaking up against the pressure on the new military junta of Sudan on Thursday.
President Joe Biden said the U.S. will be on the protestors’ side, following the call of the U.N. Security Council for the civilian government of Sudan’s restoration, Reuters reported.
“Together, our message to Sudan’s military authorities is overwhelming and clear: the Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully and the civilian-led transitional government must be restored,” the president said in a statement.
“The events of recent days are a grave setback, but the United States will continue to stand with the people of Sudan and their non-violent struggle,” he added. The U.S. has already frozen its aid for Sudan.
According to witnesses, live and rubber bullets were fired on protesters in Bahri, as several demonstrators went out to resist General Abdel Fattah al Burhan’s leadership.
The violence is being monitored by a doctors’ committee who said that a “martyr” lost his life during the conflict. It also left two others in serious condition after suffering from wounds.
A medical source earlier revealed that a man, 22, has died due to gunshot wounds.
For four days, deaths have already reached at least 11, according to sources.
Burhan on Thursday said that there are consultations to field a prime minister, Al-Jazeera TV showed in a video. He claimed that talks are underway between the army and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok for the creation of a new government.
“Until this night, we were sending him people and telling him … complete the path with us, until this meeting with you, we were sending him people to negotiate with him and we are still having hope,” he said.
“We told him that we cleaned the stage for you … he is free to form the government, we will not intervene in the government formation, anyone he will bring, we will not intervene at all”.