This tweet, by Bahraini pro-democracy activist Ebrahim Sharif, shows how the Bahraini royal dictatorship censors criticism of the Sudanese ‘republican’ military dictatorship; like it also censors criticism of the Saudi regime–Bahraini regime–Sudanese regime‘s war on the people of Yemen.
This 26 December 2018 video says about itself:
It’s rare to see people in Sudan protesting against their president, but in the past week, there have been demonstrations demanding the end to almost 30 years of rule by Omar al Bashir. In Khartoum, at least three people have been killed during the latest protests, when security forces fired tear gas and bullets in the air. 22 people have died since last Wednesday. Ali Mustafa has the latest.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Sudanese CP calls for solidarity after five killed and 80 injured in Khartoum crackdown
SUDANESE communists called for international support after at least five people were killed and 80 injured at a mass anti-government demonstration in Khartoum on Wednesday.
Security forces blocked a march in the capital, arresting scores of protesters including five members of the Sudanese Communist Party’s central committee.
Journalists started a two-day strike yesterday in support of the movement, joining doctors who walked out on Monday as the anti-government demonstrations continue to grow.
Protests started in towns and villages on December 19 after the price of bread was trebled and the unrest soon spread to Khartoum.
Anger over an economic crisis which has seen inflation running as high as 70 per cent has led to demands for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, who came to power in a 1989 coup.
Sudanese authorities have responded to the protests with violence and opposition groups say at least 37 people have been killed in the ensuing clashes.
The Sudanese Journalists’ Network said yesterday: “We declare a three-day strike from December 27 to protest against the violence unleashed by the government against demonstrators.”
They warned of a “barbaric” assault on press freedoms, including censorship and confiscation of newspapers by the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service.
Armed forces prevented Wednesday’s mass demonstration from reaching the Republican Palace, where it planned to present a list of demands to Mr Bashir, urging him to stand down.
Live bullets were fired as pitched battles spilled onto the main roads and side streets of Khartoum, with five killed and at least 80 suffering serious injury.
Mr Bashir has responded to the outburst of popular anger by promising reforms, but he has failed to implement measures that address extreme levels of poverty created by the financial crisis.
The trade union coalition that has led the protests warned that the Sudanese people “have crossed the point of no return on the path of change.”
It promised to “pursue all options of peaceful, popular actions … until we bring down the regime that continues to shed blood.
“Today, more than any time before, we are confident in our collective ability to realise that.”
In a statement, the Sudanese Communist Party called on “all fraternal parties to intensify their support initiatives as the struggle of our people is reaching higher levels.
“We urge the Sudanese people to continue their demonstrations until success is achieved by overthrowing the regime.
“We also call on all opposition parties to unite and work together to co-ordinate this movement.”
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
In several cities in Sudan since last Wednesday there are protests against price increases and fuel shortages. The demonstrators also call for the resignation of the autocratic president Omar al-Bashir, whose regime is accused of widespread corruption.
The protest is remarkable, because Sudanese [so-called] security forces usually brutally suppress any resistance to Bashir. Last week according to eyewitnesses, about ten demonstrators were killed by police bullets, but that does not seem to scare off the demonstrators.
According to the activists, the police arrested some sixteen politicians of the leftist opposition coalition yesterday in the capital Khartoum. They are accused of having caused the unrest. Schools remain closed in the troubled regions and in some cities a curfew is in effect. …
On social media, images of demonstrators who are being attacked or beaten by the riot police are circulating. … In the meantime, authorities are said to have made access to social media more difficult. …
A devaluation of the Sudanese pound in October fueled inflation, doubling the prices of basic necessities. Because there is limited cash available, there are long lines at the ATMs.
But the demonstrators emphasize on social media that they are not only taking to the streets out of anger about the price increases or the cash shortage, but that they mainly demand the departure of the corrupt Bashir government.
General Bashir is one of the longest-serving African presidents. He came to power in 1989 after a coup against the democratically elected but weak government of Sadeq al-Mahdi and has been ruling Sudan harshly ever since.
This video says about itself:
🇯🇴 Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years | Al Jazeera English
3 June 2018
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
The planned increase in income tax and the umpteenth price increase were the straw that broke the camel’s back for thousands of Jordanians. They went out into the streets in the capital Amman and other cities until well into the night. For the third day in a row they demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Hani Mulki.
“This law devastates the standard of living of citizens“, says demonstrator Mohammad Himmo to news agency AP. He refers to the bill to increase the income tax for everyone with an annual income from 9660 euros on by 5 percent. For businesses, the tax increase can go up to 40 percent.
Earlier this year, the price of bread had already doubled. The female activist Sahar al-Arori summarizes the increasing dissatisfaction as follows: “The fact is that we constantly feel ignored, the will of the people does not reach the decision-makers.”
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for drastic tax reforms. According to the government of Prime Minister Mulki, the proposed tax law is the solution. To the anger of the trade unions and demonstrators.
“We have to take their protests very seriously”, says [journalist] Bergamin. “The protesters still chanted peaceful, peaceful, but if there are no measures now, it can lead to a complete chaos.”
From Associated Press today:
Western supporters of the kingdom view signs of social unrest with concern. Jordan is a key military ally.
Concerns rise after Jordanian police fire tear gas to disperse protesters: here.
This video says about itself:
1 June 2018
Other protests were held in other locations in Amman and other cities.
There were reports that protestors temporarily closed some roads near the Prime Ministry, the Airport Road, the Desert Highway and Amman-Jerash Road.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Biggest protests in Jordan in years
In Jordan for the third consecutive evening people have demonstrated against the tax reform and price increases. In the capital Amman and a number of provincial towns, thousands of people took to the streets. These are the biggest demonstrations in Jordan in years.
The police threw tear gas grenades in Amman and threw up roadblocks to keep the masses under control. There are also reports from other cities about confrontations between demonstrators and the police. In the southern city of Maan demonstrators are said to have set tires on fire.
Several trade unions called for a general strike last week. Since then, there have been protests every night.
The demonstrators oppose a tax reform that has the support of the IMF. According to the demonstrators, the tax reform will make life more expensive and affect both the middle classes and the poor in Jordan.
They call on King Abdullah to dismiss Prime Minister Mulki. Mulki said yesterday that he will continue his plans.
The king decided Friday to postpone an increase in fuel prices. But the demonstrators are particularly angry about the tax law …
The tax law still has to be approved by the parliament, where a majority of parliamentarians demand changes.
Earlier this year, VAT was already increased and subsidies on bread were abolished.
According to King Abdullah, the reforms are necessary because Jordan is financially on the edge of the abyss because of the conflicts in the neighboring countries of Syria and Iraq. Jordan is an important Western ally and one of the few Arab countries where things remained quiet in recent years.
Not that quiet.
This Jordanian Opposition Coalition video of 12 February 2018 shows a demonstration ‘UNDER FULL MEDIA SILENCE’ in Amman, demanding the abdication of King Abdullah.
This video says about itself:
Protests rock Sudan after spike in bread prices 🇸🇩
8 January 2018
At least two people have been killed after protests across Sudan over rising bread prices.
The government has warned demonstrators that acts of destruction will be met with force.
Police have been arresting opposition leaders and confiscating newspapers to control the situation.
Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports.
By Bill Van Auken:
Mass protests against austerity, unemployment shake Tunisia
10 January 2018
Tunisia has erupted over the past three days in demonstrations and violent clashes with security forces. Workers and youth have taken to the streets in at least 18 different towns in protest against a 2018 austerity budget that will only exacerbate prevailing conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and social inequality in the North African nation.
The Interior Ministry acknowledged that a 55-year-old man was killed during a protest on Monday in the town of Tebourba, about 20 miles outside of the capital of Tunis, and five other people there were wounded. There were conflicting reports over the cause of death, with some protesters saying the man had been run down by a police vehicle, while the authorities claimed he had been overcome by tear gas. …
The eruption of mass social upheaval comes just over seven years after the self-immolation of the 26-year-old street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi triggered a sweeping revolt that brought down the Western-backed dictatorship of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Sidi Bouzid, the town where Bouazizi took his life in protest over police harassment and unemployment. They carried banners with slogans denouncing rising prices and the lack of jobs. …
In Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, manifestations of the so-called “Arab Spring” were brutally crushed by military force. Meanwhile the region has been devastated by wars waged by the imperialist powers from Libya, to Syria, Yemen, Mali and beyond, all with the aim of reasserting their control.
The spark that ignited the latest uprising was the announcement of a 2018 austerity budget that hikes fuel prices, increases taxes and slaps new customs duties on imported products, all of which spell a further punishing attack on the living standards of Tunisian working people.
The annual inflation rate had already risen to 6.4 percent in December. Unemployment meanwhile stands at over 15 percent, with more than a third of all younger workers without jobs.
The economic “reforms” are being imposed by the government of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to meet the conditions demanded by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union in return for loans that have gone largely to paying off the country’s debts to the international banks. …
Meanwhile, similar protests have broken out in the African nation of Sudan against the autocratic regime of Omar al-Bashir, which announced sharp price increases for flour, resulting in a doubling of the price of bread overnight.
Protests that began in the southeastern city of Sennar on Saturday quickly spread, reaching the capital Khartoum and many towns throughout the south. In Geneina, the capital of West Darfour, one student died under unclear circumstances when the security forces intervened to disperse a protest, and at least five other demonstrators were wounded. A fourth day of protests was reported in Khartoum Monday, with the police firing tear gas into crowds.
The austerity measures are being imposed at the behest of the IMF, which has urged Khartoum to float its currency to encourage foreign investment. This followed the decision by the US to lift 20-year-old sanctions on the country in October.
What is clearly emerging across a region that has been overshadowed by imperialist war and the deliberate fomenting of sectarian conflict is a powerful resurgence of the class struggle. …
The tumultuous events in the Middle East and North Africa are joined by growing signs of class conflict internationally, including strikes by pharmaceutical and municipal workers in Israel, the wildcat action by Ford workers in Romania, strikes by metalworkers in Germany, actions by rail workers in the UK and confrontations between French workers in auto and other industries and the government of Emmanuel Macron.
See also here.
This video says about itself:
Kuwait Uprising: Gulf oldest monarchy under attack
8 December 2012
While countries like Egypt may now be turning another page in their Arab Spring revolution, one of the oldest Gulf Monarchies is still on page one.
Largely unnoticed in the West, Kuwait’s rulers are cracking down on protesters and blocking the opposition’s political moves.
But all of this is energizing the resistance even more.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 28 November 2017:
Opposition figure jailed for 9 years
KUWAIT: Leading opposition figure Musallam al-Barrack was among dozens sent to prison yesterday over the storming of parliament by protesters in 2011.
Mr Barrack, who was released from jail in April after already serving two years, received the harshest sentence of all — nine years.
More than 50 defendants, all previously acquitted by a lower court, were given prison terms from one year to five.