In the new revolt in Sudan, women and youth will settle for nothing less than full civil rule
This language has been widely spoken by the younger generation over the past decade and has been used as a tool to resist the oppression of the former regime by students and artists. During the 2019 revolution, it was used to convey coded messages to young protesters. This widespread adoption of the language of marginalized homeless people affected by the war has given rare recognition to parts of the Sudanese population who are ordinarily forgotten. It was also a sign of a deep desire for fundamental change in the country.
Protesters today are not calling for a return to the pre-October 25 situation. Women’s and youth groups, as well as resistance committees, seek more fundamental changes. They are ready for a new revolution if necessary to avoid another coup in the future. Young people want a clear break with the country’s turbulent history and the failure of its powerful elite. This can only be achieved with full civil rule and an end to military interference in politics.
The road to such change is long and arduous. But it is important to recognize the legitimacy of these demands. In a country that was under military rule for six decades and experienced 50 years of civil war, genocide and division, there is only one radical change.
And because we’ve been through everything in Sudan, we know that compromise is not a solution.
The seven demands of the resistance committees of October 30th lay the foundation for the future political agenda in the short and long term.
The demands focus on the demilitarization of the state, the release of prisoners, ensuring accountability for the crimes of the coup plotters and the building of civil institutions such as parliament.
Most importantly, the protesters have made it clear that they will not negotiate, compromise or partner with the coup plotters. Some experts and diplomats consider these conditions to be unrealistic, but the demands are aimed at avoiding any possibility of legitimizing the coup plotters.
The Sudanese people have already made up their minds to defy the coup and there is no turning back. If the international community is truly committed to democracy, it must stand by the people of Sudan and support their demands.