24 | 05 | 2019

Trade unionists, MPs and campaigners have launched the open letter below to build solidarity across the labour and trade union movement around the world with the uprisings in Sudan and Algeria. Find out more about how you can get involved in this campaign below. 

Dear comrade,

The revolutions in Sudan and Algeria are reaching a critical juncture. Millions have taken part in street protests and strikes over the past few months, bringing down dictators whose rule lasted decades. Yet the demands of the uprisings for real democratic change and social justice are still a long way from being fulfilled, as the military and security apparatus of the old regimes attempts to hold onto political power.

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.

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.

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.

Press conference to declare the transitional civilian authority, at the sit-in grounds, Khartoum

We call on the masses of our proud people, all the local, regional and international media, and diplomatic missions to attend and cover the press conference to be held on the grounds of the sitdown strike (sit-in) on Sunday, 21st of April, at 7:00pm Sudan time.

At the press conference, the names of those selected for the membership of the civilian Sovereign Council, which will assume the responsibilities of the sovereign head of state (collectively) for the transitional period, will be announced. Additionally, details will be mentioned, at the conference, about the progress of efforts of forming the other civilian authorities, namely the civilian legislative council and civilian council of ministers, whose names will be announced later on.

Joint Statement by the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change on the Formulation of Transitional Civil Government.

The Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have arrived at a final conceptual framework for the structural functions of the Transitional Civil Authority. The process was a product of an integrated vision developed in accordance with the Freedom and Change Declaration as endorsed by the popular masses and their active revolutionary forces.

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