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Conflicting views over Sudan’s “million marches” on June 30

مظاهرات في الخرطوم 20 فبراير 2019

A state of anticipation prevails in the Sudanese street, as Sudanese people  prepares next Tuesday to commemorate the June 30 anniversary, which comes amid a contrast between supporters of the  revolution who call for correction of  its course, while others fearing that it might be exploited by the members of the former ruling National Congress Party, to cause Chaos that  paves the way for the fall of the Sudanese transitional government and restore  military to power again.

The marches in the capital and the states will go out to advocate civil rule and support the families of the martyrs, which forced the military council to return to the negotiating table with the forces of freedom and change, and reached a political agreement on which power was shared over a 39-month transitional period, and the same date bears the memory of the military coup that led Bashir to Governance
1989.

The June 30 rallies come in light of the increasing acceptance of the Sudanese government domestically and internationally, reinforced by the outputs of the “Berlin Conference” hosted by Germany and aimed at creating partnerships between Sudan and the international community to achieve economic stability and advance development efforts and democratic transformation in the country, in addition to the successes
achieved by the Committee to remove empowerment and fight Corruption, in recovering the looted people’s money and the many properties illegally seized by prominent leaders of the ousted government of Omar al-Bashir.

The thirtieth of June last year witnessed the largest mass demonstrations  in Sudan since the dissolution of the army general sit-in on the third of June 2019, which was called by the forces of freedom and change, to commemorate the martyrs and demand the handing over of power to civilians.

Government support
On Friday, member of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman, came out to announce his support for the upcoming demonstrations, to complete the tasks of the revolution, support for the transitional period, the civil government, and the structure of the military
establishment.

In the same vein, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk recently assured the participants of the “June 30 Million-marches  that the right to demonstrate and peaceful expression is guaranteed, before he
returns and calls on them to observe  health measures to confront the Coronavirus.

He tweeted via his Twitter account, saying: “The anniversary of the thirtieth of June is a fundamental pillar in the course of the revolution and a victory for all its values after the events of the sit-in massacre (June 3, 2019) made by the bold sacrifices of the youth of the revolution.”

On the other side, the opposition, and specifically the “former ruling” National Congress Party, it denied that its designated chief Ibrahim Ghandour had invited its members to participate in the million marches, to topple the government of Abdullah Hamdouk, but some considered that statement an indication that the ousted party distanced  its responsibility from any security breakdown may occur.

The National Umma Party, led by Sadiq al-Mahdi, warned against exploiting what he called the “counter-revolution” for the expected protests, and said he feared that the forces of apostasy and darkness
would exploit popular gatherings to achieve their malicious goals.

Opinions differed within the Sudanese Congress Party – one of the components of the forces of freedom and change – on the necessity of defining a clear political position regarding the call for  marches,
and opinions differed between the necessity of aligning with the street and the revolutionaries, and coming up with a third consensual vision.

Supporters of the Former regime:

Several political components in the country issued  statements, by which they determined their position regarding whether or not to participate in the June 30 processions, as the coalition of the
national consensus forces considered the June 30 processions as a reconsideration of the glorious December revolution, and confirmation that they are able to defeat obstacles, and confront the remnants of
the former regime and its remnants Seeking to catch its breath by taking advantage of the difficulties facing the revolution government in light of the deep state’s dominance of the transitional authority’s
performance.

The FFC believes  that, despite the critical health and political situation in the country, which requires nonetheless to adhere to the controls set by the competent authorities to fight the Corona
pandemic, the situation requires the support of Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah and his government to achieve a comprehensive peace and cleanse the civil service and the regular forces Elements of empowerment include the restructuring of the regular forces, while presenting the fallen regime symbols for fair and urgent trials.

FFC added that the purpose of protest, is to address the  complexities of the economic situation through the policies of raising subsidies and liberalizing the price of medicine, which negatively affected the
living and health reality, stopping constitutional violations by sovereign council which  overriding the powers of the executive authority, returning arbitrarily dismissed people , naming the
civilian governors, the Legislative Council and commissions, and reforming the judicial system, With retribution for the martyrs and the disclosure of all violations and abuses, including cases of disappearance and martyrdom, as ell as bringing  of all those involved to fair trials.

Correcting mistakes of the transitional government:

The Sudanese Professionals Associoation  agree with the  FFC to inevitably take to the streets  to correct the transitional period mistakes so as  to accomplish the tasks of the urgent revolution, stand in one trench with the resistance committees in the neighborhoods and the families of the martyrs of the December revolution.

The resistance committees were formed in Sudanese cities and villages following the outbreak of the protests of December 19, 2018, and played a major and influential role in managing the demonstrations in neighborhoods and cities until the dismissal of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, 2019.

Accomplishing demands of the revolution:

The Communist Party is also adopting  the same vision of the FFC and the SPA  when it comes to the  importance June 30 marches  to complete the demands of the December revolution, support the civilian
government, achieve justice and identify the perpetrators involved in killing the victims  and immediately bring them to a just and fair trial.

The SCP adheres to the necessity of transferring the executive authority in full with all its functions to the government of the transitional period, reliving  military governors, assigning civilian governorships, and forming the Legislative Council and state and commission assemblies immediately, in implementation of the
constitutional document.

The Sudanese communist party also called for the importance of completing the process of dismantling the previous regime within a period of time that does not exceed 3 months, while restructuring the
regular and security forces, and stopping violence by the security forces and the police, calling on the government to protect protests and work to fulfill its demands to cross the transitional period and
achieve democratic transition, comprehensive peace and sustainable development.

The Federal Assembly party, considered the , the obstacles facing the transitional period and difficulties, a price that must be paid to assist the current government , peacefully surpass  the transition
period, as there is no birth without labor.

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