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SUDAN | Support for the general strike

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The International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggles supports the call for a general strike in Sudan

Following five months of streets protesting and seven weeks of mass occupation in front of the army headquarters, the workers and people of Sudan launched a general strike appealing to all sectors of civil society, the government, and the private companies for their endorsement and support, following the recently failed negotiations with Sudan Transitional Military Council.

We salute the Sudanese revolution that started on 19 December 2018, which erupted after 30 years of dictatorship and genocide against Darfur, the Blue Nile and Nube Mountains. Since December 2018 the Sudanese diaspora have mobilised across the world : the United Kingdom, France, Belgium...

The genocide in Sudan killed 500,000 (UN figures) people and created 2.5 million refugees inside Sudan and 100s of refugee camps. The old dictator Omar Al-Bashir and others was wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes from 2009.

Al-Bashir had destroyed so much of the economy and society that all of Sudan, a country the size of India, started an uprising against food price increases. Bread was increasing in price every day and masses of people could not live in the old way anymore.

Demonstrations continued all over Sudan, but on 6 April at first 100s occupied the streets outside the Military HQ, that number grew to 1000s, then 10,000s and protestors joined the occupation from all over Sudan including Darfur, Atbara, a famous workers city, where the first workers union in Africa started in the 1950s - the railway workers, sent a train to the occupation other areas sent buses.

The occupation was attacked by the Rapid Response Forces with heavy weapons, and the lower and middle orders of the armed forces went to protect the occupation, namely using tanks.

The revolution got rid of al-bashir on 11 April. He was brought down because 100,000s of Sudanese took to the streets, and were organised by doctors, teachers and engineers. Dozens had been killed.

However, the central demand of the revolution is for a civilian government and the end of the regime but on 11 April the Transitional Military Council took over. The occupation continues, the revolution does not want a military government.

An increasing number of trade unions have started to call for strikes demanding the end of the regime and the establishment of a civil government, while negotiations continue and some of the main forces for freedom and change are seemingly agreeing on a mixed civil and military government. But there are also calls for the workers to join a general strike in order to get rid of all the armed forces of the government and the old regime.

Workers acting together as a class for transformation can attain everything.

All unions remain ilegal, but the workers are raising after their unions have been shattered. In the revolution, the workers of the port organised a strike against its privatisation (Al-Bashir had sold it to Gatar) and in demand of permanent employment.

The electricity workers were attacked by the security forces of the government for organising a strike, while the gold miners, etc., have been striking for salary increases, jobs and better labour conditions.

From the union movement, we welcome the revolution and support its demands regarding the establishment of a civil government.

We call for solidarity with the revolution, solidarity with the workers, and solidarity with the preparation of a general strike and with all the unions, including those of the State workers.

Sudan belongs to the Sudanese and only they can built equal rights for all.