Sudanese Uprising: Sudanese Professionals Association Rejects the Military Council

Posted: April 14, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Press Statement: The Sudanese Professionals Association Rejects the April 11 military council, April 12, 2019 

The iconic image of the 22-year old Ms Alaa Salah; Bashir ruled Sudan for 30 years, and Ms Alaa has only known one leader since birth

Sunday, April 14, 2019 (PW) —- We, the Sudanese Professionals Association, reiterate our utter rejection of Thursday’s April 11 internal coup d’état, and its military council follow up press conference. This rejection is informed by the people’s experience and familiarity of the various forms of trickery, absurdity, and farce, particularly from the current regime, who from the very start of its reign did so through false propaganda.

Indeed, the regime could not even come up with a story coherent enough to confuse and destabilize the unity of the popular movement. Their theatrics left little doubt that their play was nothing more than an attempt to window dress same regime that the people have revolted against and sought to uproot.

Our demands are clear, fair, and legitimate. However, the coup perpetrators (Security Committee) are incapable of bringing about the aspired change because they are solely concerned with maintaining their grip on power even if this jeopardizes the country’s stability. As such, they are not in a position to answer to our legitimate demands for the immediate handing over of power to a transitional civil government.

The figures that had rendered a good performance of the “villain” role now intending to take on the role of “hero” as well, are figures with a known track record for conspiring against the country having actively engaged in destroying its potential. This historical record is not admired by the Sudanese people and will not be overlooked just because one designation was replaced with another.

Our people who have patiently endured, this coup, led by a group embroiled in tyranny and injustices places the country at a renewed risk of enduring the same farce, staged for the last 30 years, a farce in which murder, tragedy, injustice, violence, marginalization, racism, corruption, nepotism are condoned, and where manipulation and monopolization of law and constitutional order are the norm.

We will never veer away from the revolutionary path, and we vow to give our people their deserved upper hand over the “remaining lot” of the regime. Our martyrs have sacrificed their lives for the sake of delivering our people to the realms of justice, freedom, and peace.

We will continue to resist the emergency law and its imposed curfew as well as all other security resolutions introduced through the coup, and we will triumph, as we did before against all forms of violence and intimidation that the regime will employ against the people.

Our pledge for a peaceful resistance remains, and our promise and oath to the continuation of revolution remains until the fulfilment of the demands of the declaration of freedom and change, while continuing to welcome and consider initiatives that restore social and political order.

Meanwhile, our hopes in the honourable officers and soldiers in the armed forces are intact. After all, they made all the difference and tilted the scale in favour of the people in the face of oppression. We count on them as the hour of change dawns and in ensuring the revolution is safe and protected as they were in the line of fire when the cowards retreated.

SPA Media Team; April 12, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change

Today, Monday April 8th, 2019, the Forces signatory to the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC), a consortium of civil society, labor and political organizations spearheading the ongoing popular revolution against the regime of Omer al-Bashir, in Sudan, announced that they have formed a council to facilitate the transfer of power to a transitional civilian government.

In a statement issued today, the DFC forces reiterated their call for al-Bashir regime’s unconditional surrender of power. It saluted the noble stance of officers and soldiers of the armed forced who offered protection to the peaceful demonstrators during an ongoing massive sit-in surrounding the headquarters of the armed forces in Khartoum that began on Saturday, April 6th.

Below is a full translation of the announcement:

Ever since the outbreak of their glorious revolution in December 2018, the Sudanese masses persisted at offering inspiring lessons in struggle and sacrifice and in coming up with creative methods and tactics of nonviolent resistance. In spite of oppression of all sorts, and the declaration of a state of emergency, the Sudanese revolutionaries have remained steadfast with their struggle.

All the sectors and groups that make up Sudanese society—women and men, young and old, in rural and urban areas—come out courageously, determined to put an end to a 30-year old farce, and to eradicate discrimination and intolerance. We salute those who sacrificed their lives for the nation, and the wounded and detainees who shall be released soon by the order of the people.

The Sudanese revolution has reached a decisive point on April the 6th, when the masses gathered in unprecedented numbers in front of the HQs of the Sudanese Armed Forces and made it clear they will hold their ground there until the regime is declared fallen.

These events have brought forth the best in the Sudanese people: cooperation, compassion and courage. There was never a moment of want for food or drink as individuals and organizations, private and public, competed to cover the needs of all. The ingeniousness of this nation is capable of achieving more and creating more all the way towards comprehensive change.

On behalf of the people, we salute the honorable officers and soldiers of the armed forces who protected protestors and their right to peacefully expressing their will.

At this critical moment in our history, and in response to the demands of the people, we, the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC), announce the following:
First, we assert the people’s demands for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the head of the regime and his government;

Second, the formation of a council comprising the DFC forces and collaborating revolutionary forces, charged with the task of liaising with the state’s regular forces as well as with local and international actors to finalize the process of political transition and the handing over of power to a transitional civilian government that enjoys the support of the people and reflects the aspirations of the revolutionary forces;

Third, we call on the armed forces to support the Sudanese people’s choice of change and transition towards a democratic civil rule, to discontinue any support for the current illegitimate regime, and to preempt its desperate attempts to drag the country into violence, circumvent the demands of the revolution or reproduce itself. This shall be achieved through direct communication and coordination between the DFC forces and the leadership of the armed forces to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to a transitional government;

Fourth, we call upon the regional and international community to support the demands of the people’s revolution. We reiterate our earnest desire to build constructive and balanced regional and international relations based on mutual respect, good neighborliness and cooperation for the benefit of common interests, peace, stability and prosperity for all; and

Fifth, we call upon the popular masses in the capital and the provinces to continue with revolutionary direct action and to hold their ground, in the streets and courtyards, until the departure of this regime. The DFC forces shall continue to be with the masses through coordination and mobilization.

We, at DFC Forces, pledge to move steadfastly with our people towards finalizing the change process. The dawn of salvation is nigh, thanks to the resilience and courage of the revolutionaries. Soon, our people will reap the fruit of their work, patience and struggle for a homeland where all those who belong to it equally enjoy freedom, peace, justice and development.

Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change; April 8, 2019

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