23 | 05 | 2019

The highly anticipated third round of talks between the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was wound up last night without reaching agreement on the outstanding issues.

In a statement issued after the meeting, SPA blamed the failure on TMC’s insistence on “putting the cart before the horse”, in reference to the Council’s uncompromising demand that it holds the majority of seats, and the chairmanship, of the Sovereign Council. SPA dismissed that stance as against the intent and purposes of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC), which envisages a civil authority structure at all levels of governance, including the sovereign council. SPA announced the start of the build up towards civil disobedience and a general strike. Since the call the general stike was issued, many professional bodies and associations declared their readiness to answer the call.

We have been hearing a few Sudanese voices, which we do not want to accuse of disloyalty, although in our opinion they deviate from the epic unity of the Sudanese protestors. These voices seem to be influenced by divisive discourses calling for sectarian discrimination. This, in turn, has raised our concern and the concern of the Sudanese people fearing that the Sudanese revolution, which amazed the world with its peacefulness and civility, might turn into a battlefield fot polarized radical religious and denominational ideologies.

Our noble nation,

On Sunday evening, May 19, 2019, a session was held between the DFC Forces and the Military Council. It continued until the early hours of Monday morning amidst a general atmosphere of anticipation. The nation’s hearts, eyes and ears were waiting for the culmination of the glorious December revolution in the transfer of power to the civilian protestors. This was the demand that the people’s movement tirelessly fought and loudly called for. An atmosphere of firm resolve to reach a formulation that meets the demands of the revolution prevailed throughout the round. We issue this statement seeking to provide all rightsholders with the facts and to uphold the values ​​of transparency that your glorious revolution sought to achieve.

South Africa held general elections on May 6-8.  Although there had been some discussion previously of the South African Communist  Party (SACP) running its own separate candidates, in the end the communists pushed for support for the African National Congress’ incumbent president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and for ANC candidates at other levels.  Preliminary results indicate that the ANC has once more won a majority in parliament and Ramaphosa has been reelected—in both cases, with somewhat reduced margins.

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, attended on Monday an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) of the Republic of South Africa, chaired by Vuma Glenton Mashinini, to accompany the national and Provincials elections of that nation scheduled for this Wednesday, May 8.

Our dignified people, what is tajing place in the cities of Nyala and Zalingei by the security services and remnants of the regime in terms of ending the peaceful sit-in is a serious threat to the Revolution and its gains. We, in the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, categorically reject and condemn the violence by the security services, which led to many injuries. It is a violent act that sends us back to square one.

News about an assault and acts of vandalism at a People’s Congress meeting held on 27th April 2019 at the Qurtuba Hall in Khartoum have been in circulation. The Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) condemn this and any other attacks regardless of causes. We believe in everyone’s right of association and expression. There is no place for exclusion or violent claiming of rights in this country our brave revolutionaries are building.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 97 million members in 130 countries of the 5 continents, would like to extend its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during heavy rains and floods in the eastern coast of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa earlier this week.

We know that in situations like this it is always the poor and the working class that are mostly affected by such unfortunate events. The WFTU expresses its sadness and sorrow with the working class and people of South Africa who now find themselves displaced, without food, clothes and shelter.

On yesterday, the 21st of April, the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) announced that they are stopping all forms of communication with the Transitional Military Council (TMC). This happened after the TMC called for a meeting to question the intention of the DFC forces to announce the names of its candidates for the civilian sovereign council and the transitional cabinet. The TMC conveyed that it received over a hundred proposals on how to formulate the the interim government and it will study all of them to proceed forward. The TMC clearly expressed that it does not recognize the DFC forces as the representative of the protestors in the sitdown strike (sit-in) and that it considers other forces – forces that include allies of the deposed regime – as legitimate partners in the transitional period.

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