“Killing a student is killing a nation”

Demonstrate; Assembly 3.30pm, Monday 25 September

Asylum Link, Overbury St L7 3HJ march to Lime St Station (via university)

Robbery, rape, and killing happen every day:

The Sudanese government is attacking people of African descent – people from the Darfur, Blue Nile, and Nuba Mountain areas, all part of Sudan, using a policy of armed force to segregate and ethnically cleanse. People are dying and those trying to flee cannot seek a safe haven. “…over 480,000 people have been killed, and over 2.8 million people are displaced.” (worldwithoutgenocide.org)

Killings began in 2003, as the first genocide of the 21st century. The genocide is being carried out by a group of government-armed and funded Arab militias known as the Janjaweed (which loosely translates to ‘devils on horseback’).

End Discrimination of Darfur Students
Dozens of students have been killed, injured and expelled from universities since 2014 for organizing around and speaking out against human rights violations in Darfur,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International.
July 2017 – Prevented from using public transport to travel to the protest in Khartoum, more than 1,200 Darfuri students from Bakht al-Rida University, White Nile State, marched to Khartoum to deliver their demands to the government, (i) the right to study and to participate in student elections, (ii) the readmission of 14 expelled students, (iii) stop killing their families and relatives back home.

The National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) agents blocked them from entering the city, so the students blockaded the southern edge of Khartoum. Seventy students were arrested.

In 2016 the police arrested a student at Khartoum University, Aesim Umar, and kept him in jail. The ‘crime’ of Aesim Umar was to oppose government privatization plans to sell Khartoum University to businessmen in the Middle East. On 29 August 2017 Umar was taken to court, which planned to sentence him to death. At the same time, many Darfur students protested for his release and said: “if you cut his neck then you can cut the necks of all of us.

The police attacked the protestors with tear gas and batons and arrested three of them, who are still in jail. But the court decided to re-arrange the court hearing for the 25 September.

The Sudanese Government ordered attacks on Darfur students at the student accommodation at  Umdorman University. Police and State security services attacked the students at 5.30 am on 31 August. They killed two students: Ashraf Alhadi and Jafar Mohammed, with knives, and injured two.
The Government must end the violence against Darfur students that have a right to life, study, and learn.

We demand an end to the arming of the Sudanese government by Saudi Arabia and by Qatar. However, the West supplies arms to the Saudi and Qatari regimes, who attack Yemen and also support the Sudanese government, while the Sudanese government provides support for groups like Boko Haram.
We call on community organizations and trade unions to support the demonstration.

Supported (so far) by Old Swan Against the Cuts, UCU Liverpool University, LTUC exec…(Sudanese speaker invited to LTUC monthly meeting 7 pm 21 September) P&P by Old Swan Against the Cuts. c/o News From Nowhere, 96 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HY.