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Communists call for release of jailed Sudanese comrades

ALMOST 60 communist and workers’ parties have signed a new statement in support of jailed Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) leaders.

The statement, released today, condemned President Omar al-Bashir’s “dictatorial regime” for the arrests made during and following last month’s SCP-organised protests in Khartoum against International Monetary Fund-demanded cuts to wheat subsidies.

“We believe that the health and lives of the detainees of the Sudanese Communist Party are in imminent danger,” the signatories said, adding that authorities had seized copies of the SCP organ Almidan and other newspapers.

Last week SCP politburo spokesman Fathi el-Fadl said at least four party leaders, including political secretary Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatieb, had been transferred to remote prisons in the country’s west, hundreds of miles from Khartoum.

He said conditions at the Shala prison outside Al-Fashir, the capital of North Darfur state, and Zalingh in the capital of Central Darfur state were bad and that medical care and family visits would be made more difficult by the move.

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