Sudanese activists inside and outside the country joined demonstrations this week to highlight the large number of women who have injured and detained during the protest movement of the last few weeks.
In Sudan, protests took place under the name “Kandaka Friday” on 13 July. Sudanese activists told MENA Solidarity network, the choice of name was a way of showing “appreciation and respect for the Sudanese female activists who are playing a very active role in this protesting movement and to show their solidarity with the large number of women who are now inside the security force prisons.”
Recent arrests include: Zenab Badrelden and her daughter, Walaa Salah; Azza Eltigani Eltyeb; Khalda Mohamed Khalid; Hatim Merghani; Moamara Algadhafi Mohammed; Ayman Hamad, Amir Abulul, Osma Aldai, Omar AlSheikh and Yosif Altuhami.
The continuing crackdown follows large demonstrations by students at the university of Khartoum on Wednesday 11 July which spread into neighbouring areas in Khartoum. The protests continued for six hours, despite police attacks with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. The day before a student lost her eye as a result of the police repression of the demonstrations in Shambat campus at the University of Khartoum.
What you can do:
- Join the protest on Saturday 14 July, 3pm-7pm organised by the Sudan Women Pressure Group in London outside 10 Downing Street, London SW1
- Send a letter of protest to the Sudanese Embassy demanding that the Sudanese authorities immediately end mistreatment or torture of detainees and release all those arrested for exercising their right to peaceful protest. Please mention your concerns for the safety of Nahid Jabralla, Amira Osman, Salah Samaret, Mohieldin Aljald, Zenab Badrelden and her daughter, Walaa Salah; Azza Eltigani Eltyeb; Khalda Mohamed Khalid; Hatim Merghani; Moamara Algadhafi Mohammed; Ayman Hamad, Amir Abulul, Osma Aldai, Omar AlSheikh and Yosif Altuhami, and all other detainees at risk of torture. If you are in the UK write to: Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan, 3 Cleveland Row, St James’s, London SW1A 1DD – or send a message via the embassy website here.
- Send a message of solidarity to the protesters via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Take a photo of yourself with this sign and post to Twitter or Facebook. Don’t forget to let us know via @menasolidarity, www.facebook.com/mena.solidarity or by email.
- Raise the issue of solidarity with the Sudanese protests in your union branch or student union