Home | News    Wednesday 30 November 2016

Sudanese activists call for open-ended general strike in December

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Girls covering their faces with scarf write slogans on a wall calling for civil disobedience on Sunday 27 November in Wad Madani, Sudan (ST Photo)

November 29, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Hours before the end of a three-day civil disobedience in Sudan, a group of activists claimed the responsibility of its organization. They further vowed to continue their nonviolent protest against the government, calling for an open-ended general strike next December.

The three-day protest against the austerity measures was successful in the schools and universities. However Schools reached by Sudan Tribune on Tuesday said 70% of their students were present. Others said they reduced the teaching time and close at 01:00 pm instead of 02:pm. Also, a college student said they didn’t study on Tuesday due to the absence of teachers.

In the Sudanese capital life returned to normal on Tuesday as traders resumed their activities and employees went to work. According to a commercial bank employee, work dropped by more than half during the first two days but returned to normal Tuesday.

Also, there was no participation in the general strike among the public sector employees. However activists reported that an employee at the ministry of finance was relieved due to its participation in the protest.

For the first time, a group of activists dubbed KHALAS or ’Deliverance’ claimed the responsibility of the organization of the civil disobedience which was entirely organized through the social media.

"(Khalas) Preliminary Committee is working with all the Sudanese people sectors for the continuation of civil disobedience until its success," said a statement extended by the group to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Khalas further said it plans to build up the nonviolent revolt against the regime through several preparatory stages to reach an open-ended civil disobedience that will begin on 19 December, the day where Sudanese MPs passed a resolution to declare the independence of Sudan in 1955.

The groups said the open-ended strike would continue until the fall of the regime, hoping "to raise the banner of true independence on the first of January" 2017 as it had been done in 1956.

The group further said they plan to set up local committees of disobedience in every city in Sudan to actively and effectively mobilize for the 19-December general strike.

They called to turn off lights on 29 November from 9:00 to 10:00 pm, and to declare the 6 December a day of national unity to commemorate the Black Sunday events of 6 December 1964 in Khartoum where thirty-eight individuals were killed in political violence after October Revolution.

The electronic campaign to mobilize the Sudanese against the regime is seen successful, as some activist Facebook groups have got large number of followers.

However, government officials continue to minimize its impact on the street, saying the call for the strike was a failure.

Commenting on the three-day civil disobedience, Government spokesperson and Information Minister Ahmed Balal Osman, said "The whole issue is full of rumours .. I mean everyone walks out, takes a picture of the street and says, it was empty and that the protest succeeded. I think this talk is not proper".

Osman in a statement to Alyoum Altali stressed that the civil disobedience was a big failure and people continue to carry out their activities normally.

The head of Darfur peace office and government chief negotiator Amin Hassan Omer denied that the possible internet shutdown to prevent activists from using the social media.

"The people reject any threat to stability and security that the country enjoys and which is an exception to the surrounding Arab and African countries," he stressed.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Bashir’s congratulation for Trump remains double-edged sword 2017-02-21 08:47:41 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword. It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump (...)

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war 2017-02-20 20:45:12 By Tor Madira Machier The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very (...)

The Nile: A source of energy, food and water for all 2017-02-20 07:19:22 By Sam Cheptoris River Nile is a trans-boundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.