In the early hours of today, the 9th of April 2019, forces of the National
Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), backed with Islamist militias, attacked
peaceful protestors in front of the Headquarters of the Armed Forces, where a
massive sit-in began on the 6th of April and continues to this moment. This
attack, which lasted for over two hours, was the third of its kind since the
beginning of the sit-in, but this time it was more violent and on a larger scale,
leading to several casualties. Members of the armed forces intervened again to
protect the protestors but after some delay. NISS forces are still attacking groups
of peaceful protestors who are trying to join the sit-in.
It is clear that the regime of Omar al-Bashir and its security apparatus intend to
continue using violence and excessive force against those who are exercising
their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. The nature of the
political crisis in Sudan is clearly demonstrated in yet another case--the National
Congress Party (NCP) regime rules with complete tyranny, using violence and
the security apparatus to guard itself against the people. In over four months of
protests, the regime has lost all legitimacy to continue ruling the country.
It is time for the international and regional community to listen to the voice of
conscience and help speed up the inevitable democratic transformation in Sudan
by giving it their clear support. Further delay in doing so will lead to more
casualties and the risk of instability. The regime’s attempt to manipulate the
situation by offering to reopen the discredited national dialogue is a repeated
tactic that is neither genuine nor acceptable.
The Sudanese people continue to stand alone in the face of the regime’s brutal
apparatus. We urge the international and regional community to stop turning a
blind eye to the ongoing situation in Sudan and to respond in an appropriate way
to the crimes committed by Bashir’s regime.