Khartoum, Sudan (CNN)Sudan's president has said he is "completely satisfied" with police actions following 10 days of violent protests that killed at least 19 people and sparked United Nations calls for an investigation.
Sudan protests: President 'completely satisfied' with police despite brutality claims
President Omar al-Bashir said police had "shown model behavior" and were "conducting their duties with utmost professionalism," in a meeting with officials in the capital Khartoum on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported.
The President also told police to use "as little force as possible," according to a video of the address posted by Turkey's Anadolu Agency.
"The goal is not to kill citizens," said Bashir. "The ultimate goal is to maintain the security and stability of civilians."
The 74-year-old leader, who has been president for almost three decades and is facing increased calls to step down, also offered to boost police officers' salaries and pensions and support their accommodation, education and health care.
His comments came in the wake of deadly clashes that also left 406 people injured, according to Sudan's Minister of Information, Bushara Juma.
However, Amnesty International on Monday put the death toll much higher -- at 37 -- with that number likely to have risen in the last week.
The rights group said security forces had indiscriminately used "lethal force" against "unarmed protesters."
"With dozens already dead, the government must rein in this deadly use of force and prevent more unnecessary blood