Sudan: This is our covenant with the martyrs – resist until we win or they rule an empty country

Source: Internationalist 360

by Sara Abbas

Following the murder of revolutionaries this week, Sudan’s resistance committees called for civil disobedience and a general strike. Sara Abbas writes about the massacre of revolutionaries on 17 January. We also include the joint statement of the Khartoum State Resistance Committees Coordination.

This week has been incredibly painful for Sudan. On Monday seven revolutionaries were killed in the protests, and many other protestors are badly injured and are fighting for their lives. Since the coup on 25 October 2021, 71 revolutionaries have been killed. The photo above is of five of the young revolutionaries killed on 17 January.

The military is ramping up the violence, and it is only going to get worse. Hospitals in Khartoum have been getting attacked for weeks now, medics are regularly beaten, tear gas deployed inside the premises, and injured protestors arrested (as in kidnapped from their beds). A massive hike in electricity prices recently shows the regime has a cash problem. The recent killing of a police officer was blamed on a young revolutionary, who has been arrested. It’s clear to most Sudanese that the killing was carried out by elements of the regime to justify the barbaric use of violence, including the use of anti-aircraft weapons, against human bodies, sound bombs, live ammunition, and the deliberate firing of tear gas canisters at the heads and faces of protestors (on Monday this week all the deaths were by bullets but a lot of deaths in recent weeks have been due to trauma from the impact of gas canisters to the head). Resistance committee members in the last week have faced a more aggressive than usual campaign of arrests.

In response to the bloody day, and the escalating repression, the revolutionary forces on Monday announced two days of mass civil disobedience, which started on Tuesday 18 January in preparation for a general strike. Doctors’ unions also announced full withdrawal for three days (18-19-20 January) from all military and security owned hospitals, and a strike of three days from “cold” non-urgent cases in all hospitals.

Please see the link to the original Arabic text here.


Khartoum State Resistance Committees Coordination joint statement (17 January 2022)

We cannot retreat, the price of this journey was and still is our lifetimes, and know, revolutionaries of the world, that we are still steadfast, and we are still victorious, and we are still confident that we will win our battle and the revolution against the rotten bloody regime.

Men and women revolutionaries, Our Rebel People: 

A new massacre has been added to the massacres of the military coup d’état against the Sudanese people. Until now, we have lost seven revolutionaries [today] and we consider them martyrs who live among us. Until this moment, we are still counting our wounded; there are many serious injuries with live bullets and tear gas canisters aimed at the faces of the revolutionaries. Daily, the coup council and its militia allies reveal to the world and to the Sudanese who wrongly imagine some good will come out of this, that the council are just gangs that call themselves a state. They steal our resources to kill us, they arm their soldiers at the expense of bread, health, and education in order to spread bullets in the streets. This is not our army, they are the enemies of the Sudanese, and it is necessary to resist them until we win, or they rule an empty country after they have killed us all. This is our covenant with the martyrs.

We call on all the revolutionaries to completely close Khartoum and erect barricades everywhere. Our barricades terrify them and remind them that we are the strongest and largest army in this country. We call on all professionals, employees and workers everywhere to establish their committees in the workplace, and to coordinate well between those committees and the resistance committees in preparation for the general strike and the implementation of civil disobedience on 18-19 January.

We call on the revolutionaries in all the neighborhoods of the country to prepare for a long battle in which we defeat the militias, based on our good preparation of our organization, on the continuation of the announced [civil disobedience] schedules, and on the arrangement of ad-hoc schedules according to what the women and men revolutionaries see [happening] in their neighborhoods.

We will publish our next steps in response to 17 January massacre. This massacre will not go unnoticed. We are the generation that was destined to write the end of the military coups, and we will not postpone this battle. The action is what you see and not what you hear.

USA: Thousands March in Solidarity with Migrants, Against Trump

Source:  TeleSUR
December 19 2016

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People hold up signs before marching to Trump Tower during a protest organized by the New York Immigration Coalition on Sunday. | Photo: Reuters

Opposing his predatory campaign and rhetoric, demonstrators including celebrities, filmmakers and even public officials have all called for more mobilization against Trump.

To denounce U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant stance, thousands of people staged protests in several U.S. cities this Sunday, the same day the world celebrated International Migrants Day.

Protesters reflecting various nationalities and social movements rallied in solidarity

Across Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles and Denver, protesters reflecting various nationalities and social movements rallied in solidarity with the large immigrant population in the country that Trump has repeatedly attacked and denigrated. In an interview with 60 Minutes last month, Trump pledged to deport approximately 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants after taking office on Jan. 20.

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Acts of civil disobedience

Demonstrators, who included influential anti-Trump activists such as liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, called for acts of civil disobedience to put a stop to Trump’s unrelenting hate and bigotry. Speaking with MSNBC, Moore said the answer was more “protesting, obstructing, disrupting.”

“Listen, we’re hours away now from the Electoral College coming together on Monday. This needs protest, this needs people’s voices,” Moore had said, according to Press TV.

Moore’s comments echo what other prominent figures have said, such as Virginia Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called for and organized and well-strategized massive mobilizations against Trump. In Seattle, renowned socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant was also recently arrested at an anti-Trump rally for inviting people to create a “wall of mass resistance” in order to block Trump’s cancerous rhetoric, specifically by staging protests during his inauguration.

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A wall of mass resistance against Trump

“We must bring together millions of progressive workers and young people to build a wall of mass resistance against Trump,” Sawant wrote in CounterPunch in November. “And to defend immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ people and all others targeted by his presidency.”

The decision to elect a president does not ultimately belong to the people via the popular vote. According to the U.S. Constitution, voters elect members of the Electoral College, who then elect the president. A majority of 270 votes are required to be elected.

This means that despite losing to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by over 3 million ballots in the popular vote on the Nov. 8 election, Trump still won the state-by-state contest for the Electoral College.

RELATED:  International Migrants Day

The New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition organized a rally that saw hundreds of people, including elected officials, march towards Trump Tower to let him and the Electoral College know they continue to oppose his looming presidency.

“It’s important because even though he is elected, we want to show not everyone is on board,” Hansol Lee, a South Korean immigrant, said, according to AM New York.

In Los Angeles, more than 2000 people came out.

“I want to tell Mr. Trump that we are immigrants, we help this economy grow, we don’t want nothing for free,” Los Angeles marcher Horalia Jauregui told CBC News.

All protests were reportedly peaceful.

Ferguson: Day of Resistance – December 13, 2014

This movement for justice has been dubbed a “Wave of Indignation” across the country. What started as an urban revolt of young black people in Ferguson, MO has grown into a national movement for Black lives.

The entire nation is awakening to the reality of our broken criminal justice system. We cannot stop or slow down now. This Saturday, we’re taking it to the next level.

Will you join us on the streets this Saturday?

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We’re asking you to join everyone in the streets this weekend and #ShutItDown. It’s our civil disobedience, marching and chanting that got us this far— and we must keep going.

When you hit the streets, you’re letting them know: body cameras are not enough. Blue ribbon commissions are not enough. We need broad, decisive action NOW.

Our lives depend on it.

Visit fergusonaction.com to find an action near you or to organize one of your own.

You may also find actions here at the Ferguson response page as well.

Onwards,

Ferguson Action Team

http://engage.fergusonaction.com/

Ferguson Action · United States

 

Ferguson: We are all MIke Brown, Shut it Down!

THE JURY HAS ANNOUNCED THEY WILL NOT CHARGE OFFICER DARREN WILSON FOR THE MURDER OF MIKE BROWN.
TAKE THE STREETS!

Activists Deliver Petition Calling On Justice Dept Investigation Into Mike Brown Killing

Get more information here:  Ferguson Action

BREAKING: FERGUSON ACTIVISTS MEET WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DEMAND AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY NATIONWIDE

Read/See more here Ferguson Action

50th Anniversary of MLK’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’

16 April 1963
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:

MLK leaving prisonWhile confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely Continue reading

Thousands Protest Closing of 54 Chicago Public Schools

More than 100 people arrested at Chicago schools protest

A protester is arrested in front of Chicago City Hall during a demonstration against school closuresMore than 100 demonstrators taking part in mass civil disobedience were arrested in Chicago on Wednesday as several thousand people marched against the largest proposed round of school closings in recent memory.

Many carried placards proclaiming “Strong Schools, Strong Neighbourhoods” and “Protect Our Children” while chanting “Whose Schools, Our Schools” and calling for mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s resignation.

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/arrests-chicago-schools-protest

Source:  the guardian

See also: Thousands Protest Against Unprecedented Closing Of 54 Chicago Public Schools at:   http://chicagoist.com/2013/03/28/thousands_rally_over_cps_closings.php

 

Julian Bond among those arrested at White House protest over Keystone oil pipeline

julian bondFormer University History Prof. Julian Bond, also known for his civil rights activism, was arrested Wednesday while protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline along with 47 other people. Other prominent activists placed under arrest included former Congressman Robert Kennedy, Jr. and actress Daryl Hannah.

Read story at: http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2013/02/police-arrest-julian-bond-for-civil-disobedience