By Eric Reeves
December 18, 2016 (SSNA) — 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 tomorrow, December 19, will be primarily a show of solidarity, with the main action consisting of a determination to stay home on a work day. 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.
From Sudan Tribune and Radio Dabanga over the past month:
I.SUDANESE POPULAR SUPPORT FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISM—WIDESPREAD AND DIVERSE | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Zh
II. NEWSPAPER CLOSURES AND NEWS MEDIA REPRESSION | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Zj
III. ARRESTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND JOURNALISTS IN SUDAN OVER THE PAST MONTH | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Zl
IV. THE RESPONSE TO GROWING CIVIL UNREST BY THE NIF/NCP REGIME| http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Zn
V. THE SHAMBLES THAT PASSES FOR THE “SUDANESE ECONOMY” CONTINUES ITS FREE-FALL| http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Zp
VI. THE RESPONSE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY| in process
Eric Reeves is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.