mercredi, 20 mars 2019


Will Omar Al Bashir be the next to crumble ? Anti government protests have erupted in different parts of the Sudan. Sudan is on fire. Over the past week the Sudanese armed forces and police, in a futile effort to deny the Sudanese people their constitutional freedoms of peaceful association and expression, have randomly and indiscriminately fired live ammunition at civillians’ heads and chests, resulting in, at least 100 reported deaths and serious injuries.

More than 2000 protesters, including journalists have been rounded up and detained in different parts of the Sudan. Journalists who are deemed to be or simply suspected of being in defiance of the media blackout are at risk of persecution by arrest and interrogation.

News emanating from the Sudan tells a story of riots that have spread beyond the already volatile areas of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains. The anti-government protests began in Wad Medani, in the centre of Sudan before spreading to Khartoum and other towns and cities.

The Sudan Solidarity Network (SSN), founded and based in South Africa, has condemned the attack and is calling upon the rest of the world to take a stand against President Al Bashir and the National Congress Party. The Executive Director of the SSN, Mr Sabir Abu Saadia said

“what we want for the Sudan is peace and respect for the democratic rights of the people. We denounce the murder of unarmed men, women and children whose fundamental rights have been trampled ; enough is enough”.

In expressing its commitment to the cause, the SSN has issued a statement of solidarity with the people of Sudan. The statement is an expression of the unequivocal and uncompromising support and solidarity with the protesters, including the youths and journalists. “The free world has to take a position. It is time that Al Bashir realised that he is isolated, he cannot continue to violate people’s fundamental rights with the rest of the world hiding behind an assumed lack of knowledge” said Mr Saadia.

The Statement of Solidarity (a shortened version and a full length version) accompany this press release.

If you would like more information on the topic at hand and the SSN or to schedule an interview with Mr Sabir Abu Saadia please send an email to The Secretary General, or phone any one of the following :

Sabir Abu Saadia _ +27 82 954 4373

Rashid Hassan _ +27 82 907 9345

Sabelo Sibanda _ +27 73 084 5415

Issued by the Sudan Solidarity Network (Founded and based in South Africa)

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