Sudanese doctors still fighting against dictatorship

This 12 October 2016 video is called Doctor’s strike in Sudan.

From the World Socialist Web Site today:

Doctors and pharmacists strike in … Sudan

Doctors in … Sudan are striking over a wage increase, poor working conditions and violence against them by state forces. Intimidation of striking doctors by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) is continuing.

A member of the Sudanese Doctors Central Committee was picked up by the NISS last Saturday, questioned about the strike and then released. Other doctors have been picked up from their clinics and questioned by the NISS for hours, while some have been detained. Others cannot be accounted for. Pharmacists also protested last Saturday against the Central Bank of Sudan decision to free the exchange rate of the US Dollar for the import of medicines. The Pharmacists Union called the move catastrophic, as most medicines are imported. The shift has seen some medicine prices triple.

8 thoughts on “Sudanese doctors still fighting against dictatorship

  1. Thursday 1st December 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    THE Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) hailed a victory for international solidarity yesterday after a siege of its offices in Khartoum ended in the afternoon.

    SCP central committee secretary Fathi el-Fadl said troops and police had pulled back after surrounding the building in the morning.

    Security forces appeared two hours after the party leadership presented a memorandum to President Omar al-Bashir’s government demanding its dissolution, three days into a general strike and protests over cuts to heating fuel and food subsidies.

    The Sudanese Democratic Lawyers group presented a similar petition.

    Mr Fadl added that several political prisoners, including SCP politburo member and students officer Hanadi el-Fadl, who had been arrested on her return from delivering the statement, had been released.

    Earlier Mr Fadl emailed fraternal communist parties around the world — and the Morning Star — to appeal for solidarity, saying the committee had called on all members to defend the party and its headquarters.

    The government has closed a TV station and four newspapers — three on Tuesday night — seizing their editions to prevent them reporting on the strike.

    Dozens of protest organisers and opposition party members have also been arrested.

    Co-ordinating Committee of Communist Parties in Britain convenor Navid Shomali called on the trade union and labour movement to “register its protest at actions that threatened the lives and basic liberties of their colleagues in Sudan.”

    Communist Party of Britain general secretary Rob Griffiths sent a letter of protest to the embassy of Sudan in London, placing the arrests in the context of “a long period of arbitrary attacks by the government of Sudan on the civil and political liberties of its people.”


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  3. General strike in Sudan

    A general strike was called in Sudan on December 19 against the imposition of austerity measures affecting workers and small businesses. Government employees were threatened with losing their jobs if they participated and were made to sign in at their place of work.

    Transport workers and staff in displacement camps responded to the strike call.

    In spite of shopkeepers in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, being faced with fines if they did not open, two-thirds of them heeded the stay-away. Some students responded to the call and stayed away and held demonstrations, which were attacked by riot police who used tear gas grenades.

    A government radio broadcast warned residents of North Darfur not to get involved in the general strike.


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