The president of the Republic of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has commanded the police to reduce the force used against protesters who take to the streets over higher bread price .
In a meeting with senior police officers in Khartoum on Sunday, al-Bashir commanded them to refrain from using excessive force against protesters.
“We want to maintain security and we want the police to do that by using less force,” al-Bashir said.
On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Sudanese authorities to investigate deaths during protests over rising food prices in Khartoum and several cities.
At least 19 people have been killed in the wave of protests that has spread across the country since December 19.
Sudan is facing an acute foreign exchange crisis and soaring inflation despite Washington lifting economic sanctions in October 2017.
Inflation is running at 70 percent and the Sudanese pound has plunged, while shortages of bread and fuel have regularly hit several cities.
“We admit that we have economic problems… but they can’t be solved by destructions, lootings, and thefts,” al-Bashir said, referring to buildings and ruling offices torched by protesters in several cities during the demonstrations.
“We don’t want our country to go the way other countries in the region have gone,” he said.
“We will not allow our people to be refugees. If this happens where can we go in this region?”