As we go to press members of the Sudanese Teachers’ Committee are on national strike for a pay rise. They report it is 99 percent solid, but rather than talk the authorities are doing their utmost to intimidate strikers, including detaining them. A girls’ primary school has even been teargassed.

In November EIS Council passed a motion protesting against the military coup which ended moves towards democracy in Sudan after a long dictatorship. This followed meetings with the Sudanese Teachers’ Committee on Zoom, and there is now a solidarity group set up to support them.

What follows is a report from the teachers on their struggles. Violence against teachers and students started during the El Bashir regime. Under his rule Abdulminiem Salman, Amin Badawy, and Ahmed Alkhair, were tortured to death along with many more teachers and students detained and injured.

Then a revolt removed him. But on 25th October the military counter-attacked with a coup. Teachers and students are again on the front line. On 30th October during a teachers’ protest inside the building of the ministry of education and in the days following many were killed, amongst them 14 year old Rimaz Hatim. The 68 female teachers detained have been subject to torture and repression.

During 2022, as the resistance continues mobilising, demonstrating and organising, teachers are being detained every day and kept in inhumane conditions, denied medication and other health care’.

There are eight main demonstrations planned each month plus other local ones. All the government offices are closed due to roadblocks. The political and economic situation is deteriorating. There are massive increases in the cost of living and services such as cooking gas.

The previous intelligence system, their authority limited when the transitional government operated is back. They show up in large numbers, armed with live ammunition and conduct mass arrests. Hundreds are injured, hundreds are imprisoned. Those arrested are kept in unknown locations and have no formal charges.

Over 800 Resistance Committees, elected from the grass roots in neighbourhoods across Sudan have issued a ‘Charter For the Establishment of the People’s Authority’. They have sent this to all resistance committees, unions, professional associations, and civil society bodies for discussion. The level of democracy and engagement is extraordinary and inspiring. To read more or offer solidarity please visit the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) website.