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Appeal for Solidarity with Sudanese Uprising Being Crushed by Military Government

Sunday 16 June 2019, by siawi3

Source: https://www.allianceofmesocialists.org/appeal-for-solidarity-with-sudanese-uprising-being-crushed-by-military-government/

Appeal for Solidarity with Sudanese Uprising Being Crushed by Military Government

Wednesday 5 June 2019,

by Sudan Doctors

On June 3, the Sudanese military and militia forces attacked the peaceful sit-in outside the Army Command in Khartoum, where thousands of protesters had gathered since 6 April to demand a peaceful transition to civilian rule after mass protests brought down the 30-year despotic rule of Omar al-Bashir. Over 100 have been killed, hundreds injured, and the encampment set on fire.

Counter-revolution has reared its bloody head in Sudan carried out by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Transitional Military Council. This past weekend al-Burhan coordinated with US-ally Saudi Arabia and other regional powers who undoubtedly green-lit this escalation of violence. This comes after a successful two day general strike last week where over 80% of the country shut down demanding civilian rule.

The Sudanese people have responded by calling for an indefinite political general strike and mass civil disobedience around the country to bring down the regime and bring about democracy and immediate civilian rule. We stand with the Sudanese people fighting for freedom and democracy and call for an end to massacre, repression, and counter-revolution in Sudan.

The Transitional Military Council has cut off the internet in Sudan since its massacre at the General Command sit-in and attacks on the sit-ins in other cities like Al-Nuhud, on Monday, June 3rd. This is to stop communication and organizing in the country and to prevent information from leaking regarding the massacres they continue to commit against unarmed protesters.

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, a critical organization in upholding the revolution, is the main organization on the ground working to both treat the wounded, coordinate care and track the numbers of the dead and the causes of death. The military considers this organization very dangerous and has targeted and killed some of its members particularly in the early months of the uprising.
Below is the latest statement of the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors. Please spread widely to radical organizations, anti-racist organization, progressive politicians and especially to any unions in the health and medical field.

Statements, protests and other events in solidarity with the Sudanese uprising are desperately needed.

Statement

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors

البيان باللغة العربية Official Arabic translation https://www.facebook.com/Sudandoctorscommittee/photos/a.1775635796055662/2339643126321590/?type=3&theater
(unofficial translation by Sara Abbas)

Field report

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors has identified 108 martyrs killed by the Janjawid militias and the Military Coup Council since the General Command massacre [on Monday June 3, 2019], and the subsequent killing in neighborhoods and roads in the capital and regions.

Of these heroes, we were able to count more than 40 bodies that were taken out of the Nile yesterday. A number of martyrs were recovered from the Nile today; we do not know the number and so they were not included in these statistics.

- 64 martyrs were counted in the various hospitals of Sudan in both the capital and the regions

- 4 martyrs were shot dead inside their homes, including three children in front of their mother, in addition to air navigation officer Professor Mohammed Ahmed Abdulqayoum.

– There are more than 500 people with bullet wounds in various hospitals in the capital and regions. The situation of most of them is serious, requiring surgical intervention.

– The medical staff are facing great difficulties in hospitals that are overcrowded with the injured and wounded- the few numbers of doctors and the difficulty they face in reaching hospitals, logistical difficulties related to the shortage of blood banks, difficulty in [blood] donors being able to get to the central lab and the hospitals’ blood banks, in addition to the shortage of emergency aids, intensive care beds and anesthesia. This may lead to the loss of more people.

We confirm as always that the number of martyrs is greater than what we shared above and that we are still in constant investigation about those missing, despite the suffocating security restrictions and the difficulty of field communication and the complete interruption of the Internet service in Sudan.

The Sudanese revolution is victorious, the tyrants and the Janjaweed are falling.

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors’ Media

June 5 2019

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/03/sudan-khartoum-protest-gunfire-explosions-heard

At least 30 Sudanese protesters feared killed as security forces attack Khartoum sit-in

Monday 3 June 2019,

by Jason Burke
Zeinab Mohammed Salih

Medical association says dozens killed during attempt to disperse sit-in outside defence ministry.

At least 30 people have died after Sudanese security forces launched a massive crackdown against protesters at a central Khartoum sit-in..

Heavily armed paramilitaries attacked the site of a sit-in in the capital that has been the centre of a campaign to bring democratic reform shortly after dawn on Monday, firing teargas and live ammunition.

Witnesses reported that the security personnel belonged to the feared Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary force that was heavily armed by Omar al-Bashir, the former president.

Bashir’s repressive 30-year rule ended in April when he was ousted by the army following months of massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Khartoum and elsewhere.

Factions within the military appear to have decided to put an end to the pro-reform protests after months of negotiations with civilian leaders and activists for transition to democracy.

Pro-reform campaigners remained defiant despite the violence.

“This is a critical point in our revolution. The military council has chosen escalation and confrontation … Now the situation is us or them; there is no other way,” said Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa, a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has spearheaded the protests.

A medical association said that at least 30 people had been killed, including an eight-year-old child, but activists say the true number is likely to be much higher with bodies still unrecovered from the protest site attacked in the early morning.

There are also claims that many bodies were thrown into the river Nile by security forces.

Hospitals in central Khartoum struggled to cope with the numbers of injured and appealed for surgeons to volunteer to help.

“Wounded people are lying on the ground in the reception area as there are not enough beds,” sad Azza al-Amel, a doctor at the Royal Care hospital.

The RSF have been accused of systematic human rights abuses. They are led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, who also serves as deputy head of the transitional military council, the country’s governing committee.

During the afternoon, the RSF were reported to have taken up positions throughout Khartoum and the neighbouring city Omdurman, beating traders and other residents.

Doctors said the RSF had also entered hospitals, firing weapons, beating medical staff and injuring protesters.

The news of the crackdown sparked unrest around Khartoum. Hundreds of protesters were also reported to have blocked roads with stones and burning tyres in Omdurman, the twin city neighbouring the Sudanese capital.

Live images broadcast by Arab television stations showed tents used by the protesters on fire, as other demonstrators ran away from the scene.

In footage on social media, bloodied protesters could be seen on the ground as vehicles manned by armed men in uniforms drove at speed through the streets. Several video clips showed groups of RSF fighters beating and shooting at civilians, including traders.

A witness living in the Burri neighbourhood in east Khartoum said he could “hear the sound of gunfire and I see a plume of smoke rising from the area of the sit-in”.

People in Omdurman reported extensive shooting in the streets of the city.

“There is no transportation, all the streets are blocked by protesters responding to the SPA’s call … Tyres are burning,” said one resident.

There were also reports of security forces breaking up demonstrations elsewhere in Sudan, though it was unclear if there had been casualties.

Foreign journalists in Khartoum said they were being confined to a hotel by unidentified security personnel.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, one of the main pro-reform groups, called on Sudanese people to take part in “total civil disobedience” to topple the military council and for people for take to the streets to protest.

The Sudanese Air Pilots Association was reported to have decided to support the call, which could severely affect flights to Khartoum. Other professional bodies also said they would strike in protest at fresh outbreaks of violence.

Sudan has been ruled by a military committee known as the transitional military council since the fall of the dictator Bashir in April.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chair of the African Union, said he strongly condemned the violence and called on the council “to protect the civilians from further harm”.

It is unclear if the military had backed the crackdown, raising the prospect of a dangerous split within security forces.

In a statement the ruling council blamed “criminals” for the violence and called for a resumption of negotiations on the future of the country.

Experts have previously warned of a “nightmare scenario” in which infighting among militia and soldiers leads to a complete collapse of the state.

Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the interim leader of Sudan, visited Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates following the breakdown of talks with representatives of the pro-democracy coalition last month.

Though consensus on the broad outlines of a deal to install a civilian government had been reached, protracted negotiations between a coalition of pro-reform groups and the military have foundered on the question of who would dominate the top decision-making body during an interim period.

The pro-reform groups feared the military would not hand over power at the end of the supposed transition.

Egypt called on both the military and protesters to exercise restraint.

Irfan Siddiq, the British ambassador in Sudan, said he was extremely concerned by the heavy gunfire he had heard from his official home in Khartoum and the reports that Sudanese security forces were attacking the protest sit-in site. “[There is] no excuse for any such attack,” he said on Twitter.

The military rulers of Sudan were responsible for the crackdown, the US embassy in Khartoum said. “Sudanese security forces’ attacks against protesters and other civilians are wrong and must stop,” it said.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called Monday’s attack on the sit-in a “real setback” and urged Sudanese authorities to “immediately” halt such attacks and open an independent investigation into the use of excessive force against protesters.