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Rights group warns of use of violence during Sudan rallies

Sudanese protesters shout slogans, as they march during a protest against the military council, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The U.S. ...

Sudanese protesters shout slogans, as they march during a protest against the military council, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The U.S. ...

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says Sudanese authorities must guarantee the safety of protesters ahead of planned mass rallies and following a deadly military crackdown that has left more than 100 dead since early June.

The rights group released a statement Friday quoting its Secretary Genera, Kumi Naidoo, as saying: "The horrific unprovoked use of lethal and unnecessary force against peaceful protesters as witnessed on 3 June must not be repeated this Sunday, or ever again."

The military took over the country after protests drove longtime autocratic president Omar al-Bashir from power in April. Negotiations with protesters over the transfer of power to civilians reached a deadlock following the clampdown on their sit-in.

Nationwide protests are planned for Sunday to mark 30 years since al-Bashir took over in a military coup.