Sudan’s December 19 Civil Disobedience: Updated news | December 19 (2:30 GMT)



Eric Reeves | December 19, 2016 |

This is a running blog account of what has been reliably reported from Sudan about the events and developments leading up to December 19, 2016 and beyond; Twitter reports (links) may be found at @SudanReeves. A compendium of the relevant dispatches over the past month from Sudan Tribune and Radio Dabanga is provided below, with links to particular topics.

The opinion I'm currently hearing expressed most often is that today (December 19) is primarily a show of solidarity, with the main action consisting of a determination to stay home on a work day. Photos (below) suggest that this action has been remarkably successful.  This gives little chance to al-Bashir and the Khartoum regime to put in play "shoot to kill" orders of the sort issued in September 2013

The question then, of course, is how Sudanese civil society decides to build on what is widely expected to be a dramatic adherence to the call to stay home. What comes next? Tomorrow's strategy seems a wise first step; but by itself, other than showing Sudanese that they stand in solidarity against the regime, it is not enough. More vigorous non-violent protests, strikes, and other refusals to comply with the regime's orders will be needed.

What they will be is for the Sudanese people to decide.

UPDATE #2: December 19, 2016 | 2:30pm (Greenwich Mean Time/GMT; all times when possible will be give in GMT)


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Sudanese set fire to govt. buildings in North Kordofan | Radio Dabanga | December 19, 2016 UMDUM HAJ AHMED     People in Umdum Haj Ahmed in North Kordofan ignited the locality buildings on Saturday, in protest against the detention of a student from the area by agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

Family of detained Sudanese human rights defender concerned about his safety | Radio Dabanga | December 19, 2016 | KHARTOUM     The family of the well-known Sudanese human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim, who is being held incommunicado by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) expressed...

Sudanese in diaspora support #Dec19Disobedience | Radio Dabanga | December 19 - 2016 WASHINGTON / LONDON / PARIS / CAIRO     A number of cities in the world witnessed demonstrations of Sudanese over the weekend, in support of the civil strike in Sudan planned for today. Activists in the country have...

Sudanese government says civil disobedience "big zero" while detentions of opposition figures continue | Sudan Tribune | December 18, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Several Sudanese officials have downplayed the December 19th civil disobedience describing the general strike as "big zero" and "nonsense."

African human rights body urges Khartoum to free three Sudanese defenders | Sudan Tribune | December 17, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) this week condemned the arrest of several Sudanese human rights defenders and urged Khartoum to free (...)

Mass detention campaign in Sudan prior to civil strike | Radio Dabanga | December 18, 2016 | SUDAN     The Sudanese authorities pre-empted the announced civil disobedience campaign on Monday with mass arrests of activists in the country.

Sit-at-home strike against fuel subsidy cuts begins in Sudan Workers urged to stay at home in protest against economic hardship following fuel price hike | International Business Times | December 19, 2016 09:39 GMT

Khartoum Hospital Street deserted as thousand took part in a three-day strike in protest against fuel subsidy cuts in November. A sit-at-home strike against fuel subsidy cuts is taking place in Sudan. Activists and opposition called on workers to stay at home on Monday (19 December) as part of what they call a "civil disobedience movement".

A similar strike occurred in November, when opposition groups and activists called for a three-day "civil disobedience", prompted by the government's decision to increase petrol and diesel prices by 30% earlier this year. The move led to the rise in the cost of goods including medicines and public transport.

Sudan activists launch national disobedience campaign | Indepedent ON-line (South Africa) / 19 December 2016

Johannesburg - Sudanese political activists launched a civil disobedience campaign on Monday to protest Khartoum's recent austerity measures and its crackdown on civil liberties. Opposition activists and military groups expressed support for a general strike and called on their supporters to play their part and support the campaign.

The planned campaign followed on the heels of a previous three-day civil disobedience campaign in late November, the Sudan Tribune reported on Sunday.

Mass detention campaign in Sudan prior to civil strike | Radio Dabanga, December 18, 2016


Eric Reeves, Senior Fellow at Harvard University's François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights


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