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Excessive force used against Sudan protests: US envoy

The US government's senior adviser for Darfur said Sudanese authorities have used excessive force against Darfuri students protesting for their rights

AFP , Wednesday 12 Dec 2012
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Smoke rises out of central Khartoum as cars burn during a demonstration, over the deaths of four students from war-torn western region of Darfur in Gezira state, December 9, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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Sudanese authorities have used excessive force against Darfuri students protesting for their rights, the US government's senior adviser for Darfur said on Wednesday.

"We've also been very unhappy about the excessive force used against Darfuri students demonstrating for their rights under the agreement," Ambassador Dane Smith told reporters, referring to a 2011 peace agreement signed between Khartoum and an alliance of Darfur rebel splinter factions.

Protests, sometimes involving hundreds of people, have occurred since Saturday outside Khartoum universities and elsewhere in support of four dead youths who were originally from the conflict-plagued Darfur region.

Their deaths, following a crackdown on a tuition protest at Gezira University south of Khartoum, have sparked the largest outpouring of Arab Spring-style discontent since anti-regime protests in June and July.

Smith was speaking during his final visit to Sudan, at the end of his two-year appointment

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