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Africa Leftwingers demand Sudan release communists jailed for role in anti-austerity protests

COMMUNISTS across the Middle East have united in a call demanding the Sudanese authorities release several political prisoners who were arrested earlier this week following protests against austerity measures.

Sudanese Communist Party leader Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatieb was detained in a 3am raid on his home yesterday along with other leading communists.

Leftwingers from across the region have expressed solidarity with the jailed activists.

Kuwait Progressive Movement secretary-general Ahmed al-Dayen said his party stood “in solidarity with the struggle of the Sudanese people for freedom and a decent life, and salvation from the rule of tyranny and corruption.”

Mr Dayen urged the Sudanese authorities to release Mr Khatieb and his comrades.

The Iraqi Communist Party declared its “full solidarity with the legitimate struggle of the Sudanese communists and people for ending the tyranny, and for freedom, dignity and social justice.”

It called on “the communist parties, democratic forces and all the supporters of freedom and progress in the world, to raise their voices in defence of Mukhtar al-Khatieb and his comrades, support their just struggle and pressure the Sudanese regime to release them immediately and respond to their just demands.”

Jordanian Communist Party secretary-general Faraj Atmiza expressed “great resentment and anger” at the arrests.

He noted the similarity with economic decisions taken by the Jordanian government, and called on Sudan to end its repressive measures and free its political prisoners.

The arrests occurred following a protest organised by the Sudanese Communist Party against President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to cut wheat subsidies and devalue the Sudanese pound, causing the price of bread and other essential to soar.

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