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SUDANESE communists have called for urgent international solidarity in the continuing fight to topple the authoritarian regime of President Omar al-Bashir.
They called for progressives across the world to press for the release of all political prisoners, including 16 members of the party’s executive committee jailed over their role in the continuing protests that are sweeping across the country.
Demonstrations took place in Khartoum, Omdurman, Khartoum North, Atbara, Al-Fashir, Al-Obeid, Kassala, Sennar, Madani and Berber on March 14, marking the 85th day of the uprising which started as a series of protests over the tripling of bread prices.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in defiance of a national state of emergency in what the party described as “a major day in the revolutionary history of our country.”
It was a response to a call from the forces of the change and freedom alliance — a declaration signed by most major political and professional organisations in Sudan seeking an end to Mr Bashir’s regime.
Last week the Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions announced their support for the declaration and appealed to all workers to reunite under their legitimate trade unions that had been disbanded by the regime in a bid to neutralise the trade unionist movement.
The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) welcomed the movement’s successes so far which include the release of women held in an Omdurman prison where it is alleged they had been tortured.
However it warned that hundreds of political prisoners are still languishing in jails.
Those incarcerated include 16 members of the party’s central committee, among them Mohamed Mokhtar al-Khateeb, Masoud Alhassan, Siddig Yousif, Sidgi Kaballo, Ali Saied, Hashim Mirghani and Salih Mahmoud.
A party statement said: “The struggle of our people is reaching an advanced stage based on the unity of the opposition force and the tireless efforts of the SCP.”
It called on all forces who oppose the regime to use the general political strike to topple Mr Bashir.
However it claimed that meetings outside Sudan under the guise of “dialogue” were an attempt to sanitise the regime and give it a key role in any future government.
“It is within this context that the US administration and the governments of Egypt, Qatar, Turkey and France are increasing their support to the regime,” the party warned.
The SCP called on all fraternal parties to redouble their solidarity actions and demand the immediate release of all political detainees “including the leaders of our party.”
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