Sit-ins spread on Sudan protest anniversary

Anne Alexander

Women join protests in Abu Jubaiha, a town of 20,000 people in South Kordofan. Photos: SPA via Facebook

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Sudan’s revolutionary movement has surged ahead with renewed confidence as marches to commemorate the one year anniversary of the ‘March of Millions on 30 June 2019 once again mobilised millions across the country to demand justice for those killed by the security forces during the uprising.

Protesters are frustrated at the lack of structural change, more than a year after the fall of dictator El Bashir.. Independent radio station Radio Dabanga reported on mass marches in Khartoum, Port Sudan, Dongola, El Geneina, El Obeid, and all of the camps for the internally displaced in Darfur.

Mobilising in Niyala. Photos: SPA via Facebook

The Sudanese Professionals Association, one of the key coordinating groups in the mass mobilisations which toppled El Bashir last year, posted pictures of demonstrators taking to the streets across Sudan, from Abu Jubaiha in South Kordofan to Wadi Halfa on the northern border with Egypt.

In Darfur, demonstrators organised sit-ins calling for action against militiamen who continue to terrorise agricultural communities with violent attacks.

In Darfur, demonstrators organised sit-ins calling for action against militiamen who continue to terrorise agricultural communities. Solidarity protests spread again across Sudan after militiamen riding camels, horses, and motorcycles killed at least 9 people at the sit-in in Fata Borno camp on 13 July.

Nierteti in Central Darfur has also been an important focus for protests and solidarity. Resistance committees in Khartoum, Omdurman and Khartoum North organised a solidarity demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office. Radio Dabanga reported: “participants in the vigil held banners saying “We are all Nierteti!” and “Security and peace are rightful demands”.

The question of justice for protesters killed in Khartoum at the violent dispersal of the sit-in outside the army headquarters on 3 June last year and the new wave of sit-ins in Darfur are deeply connected.

The head of the Rapid Support Forces, the militia formed out of the armed Janjaweed gangs which continue to terrorise Darfur and played a pivotal role in the genocide there, Mohamed Dagalo, is a member of the Transitional Government.

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