By Charlie Kimber
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Hundreds of thousands join protests in Sudan

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Issue 2649
Outside Downing Street last Saturday
Outside Downing Street last Saturday (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Hundreds of thousands of people joined demonstrations across Sudan last Saturday.

In the capital Khartoum, protesters chanted, “Freedom, freedom, justice—one people, one army.” Soldiers nevertheless fired tear gas and made arrests.

Baha Ibrahim, a 28 year old university graduate, said, “I’m here because I want to see a change of the entire regime, not only the president.

“They all should go.”

Bashir, who has ruled Sudan for 30 years, has cracked down on demonstrations.

But Saturday’s protests saw an escalation in the revolt. Protests took place in ten cities and towns. Sections of workers joined them.

In Rabak, an industrial city in south east Sudan that is the location of the Nile Cement Company factory, the Kenana sugar factory, and the Assalaya sugar factory sections of workers joined the protest on Saturday. Some chanted, “Bashir must go, it’s time for change.”

Army figures, seeing Bashir’s vulnerability, could remove him. But it will be only to consolidate their own rule, not deliver on the hopes of those who have protested.

State forces continue their repression of the revolt.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said that a doctor named Al-Muiz Atta Allah Musa, died of his wounds last Saturday after being shot by security forces in Omdurman.

Also, in West Darfur State a woman was killed at the Khams Dagai’g camp for refugees.

Following the killing, large protests erupted in the West Darfur capital of Zalingei. Security forces and the police used teargas to disperse it.

Thousands of Sudanese people from across Britain demonstrated in London on Saturday. Dak, one of the protesters, told Socialist Worker, “We have seen how Bouteflika has been brought down in Algeria. That makes us even more determined to bring down our own dictator.

“I am very optimistic about the future.

“Women have been at the front of the protests, that’s a big and hopeful sign for Sudan.”


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