Popular Uprising in Sudan continues ablaze to Uproot the NCP regime

Popular Uprising in Sudan continues ablaze to Uproot the NCP regime

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

Pinnacle failures and woes of the National Islamic Front/ National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) Political Islam Regime on Sudan’s people began with the genocide in Darfur in 2003 and continued to ignite the September 23rd 2013 uprising all over the country. The demands of the uprising have exceeded the mere cancellation of   price increases or removal of subsidies on basic commodities such as fuel. The 23rd September Revolt’s main political aim is the call for ousting the National Congress Party (NCP) Regime today before tomorrow. The callous assassination of the businessperson Haj Ismail Wadi and his family members in the City of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State triggered the Sudanese Intifada. This incident coincided with the decision of the (NCP) regime’s President, fugitive from the international justice, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir to impose austerity measures by lifting of subsidies on basic commodities. The revolution, which was inherently brewing and fermenting very rapidly spread to all parts of the country. The uprising is an ultimate consequence of the impact of (NCP) regime’s continued repression over nearly a quarter of a century, marked by heinous crimes against humanity, crimes against humanity and genocide. Unfortunately, the perpetrators of the foregoing crimes remain free at large under the protection of the government of the Génocidaire. Al-Bashir’s disastrous political discourse in which he said boasting his reign’s credit of introducing the Sudanese people to Hotdogs, Pizza and luxury housing has considered as adding insult to injury. Anger and discontent in response to the austerity measures spread like wildfire throughout different cities of Sudan and included the city of Wad Medani in Gezira State, Khartoum, Port Sudan, Nyala, el-Obeid, Gadarif, Kosti, and Damazin and other cities and towns. The regime, as usually expected, confronted the peaceful protests with brutality using live ammunition directed at head and chest of the demonstrators, in Shoot-to-kill policy. The estimated death toll and reported by credible sources in the main nine hospitals in the three-town Capital Khartoum is (210); the regime put the number to 33. The number of wounded in hundreds while the reported number of detainees to in excess of one thousand. Primary school Children, women, and the elderly were among the dead.

The regime remains defiant announcing that it would not back down on the declared austerity measures that would be applied in spite of protests. Al-Bashir is adamant despite a reported warning of some leading figures in the ruling party of the consequences of government action against protesters. But political analysts said that those leaders have lost credibility in what they say. They are trying these days to repudiate or repent for the crimes of their party they lived with so long amid all the atrocious acts and ate and drank using corruption of the people’s money and contributed to the genocide in Darfur, and they did not speak out at that critical time.

Responding to live ammunition, indiscriminate killing, young people came out calling and chanting (Million Martyrs for a New Era) and (With soul and blood, we will redeem you Sudan)!

With bare chests and faith in the National Cause young people came out to face the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and the (NCP) allied Militias’ killing machine. The demonstrations continued in Sudan for the sixth consecutive day in protest at the brutal killings of peacefully protesting civilians shot dead by the (NCP) security forces.

The brutal crackdown of ‘shoot to kill’ of peaceful protests received wide condemnation. United Arab Emirates condemned the crackdown, the first Arab country to criticize the Khartoum regime.

On Saturday 28th September 2013 hundreds of the Sudanese Diaspora in the UK, staged protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy. The protest rally attracted Sudanese from the entire political spectrum. This included representatives of the political opposition parties and the representatives of the armed rebel coalition Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF). The latter formed of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi (SLA-MM), Sudan Liberation Army-Abdel Wahid (SLA-AW) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in North Sudan (SPLM/A-N).  The peaceful protest denounced the unprecedented violence of the al-Bashir’s killing spree against unarmed civilian protesters.

Furthermore, the Justice and Equality Movement(JEM) called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to convene to discuss the crimes against humanity committed by Omar al-Bashir and his regime  against peaceful demonstrations carried out by unarmed citizens in protest against the austerity measures imposed on them.

Social media circulated reports of a ‘Coordinating Body for Sudanese Forces of Change’ has been established to represent the Stakeholders during the Revolution. Political analysts indicate the body sometimes worked as a ‘Double-edged sword’. Moreover, simply sometimes such bodies come down under the guise and umbrella of multiple interfaces to reap the fruits of popular revolts. Thus, the efforts of others go unheeded. Glorious October21st 1964 Sudanese Revolution remains reminiscent of this. At the time, an opportunistic rubric body formed of trade unions, labourers, peasants and numerous other groups under the name of “The Entities/Bodies Front” that picked the fruits of that Revolution. Unfortunately, they buried the promising Revolution alive. The masses of the Sudanese people, now referred to as the ‘marginalised’, went barehanded while Nimeiri’s putschists group preparing for another coup d’état.

The old adage that says: “Kills and walks in the funeral of his victim” happened in Sudan. This was when the Assistant to the (NCP) president, Nafie Ali Nafie, inventor of the infamous Ghost Houses and initiator of torture of opponents, visited the home of the late martyr Salah al-Sanhoori in the neighbourhood of Burry in Khartoum to offer condolences to the family of the deceased; he was kicking out.

On the other hand, if the (NCP) regime led by the dictator Omer al-Bashir insisted on bloodshed of peaceful demonstrators, the (SRF) would not stand idly but would intervene militarily to protect the popular protests. Bearing in mind that the (SRF), contrary to the allegations of the regime, it has no military presence involved in the peaceful civilian Uprising. Instead, the (SRF civilian membership has wide spread active presence in towns, cities and rural areas of Sudan among the peaceful protestors.

Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is the Deputy Chairman of the General Congress for Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). He can be reached at mahmoud.abaker@gmail.com

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