Hundreds of Sudanese protesters marched though London on Saturday.
The lively demonstration brought dozens of groups together in a show of unity against Sudan’s government.
Thousands have taken to the streets in Sudan in recent weeks. The demonstrations were initially against austerity measures but have developed into a wider challenge to the regime.
The London demonstration had originally focused on calling for the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian aid into the Nuba mountains.
More than a million people have fled to the mountains from fighting in the south. The Sudanese regime has been stopping supplies of food and medicine reaching the refugees.
But as one of the organisers explained ,the demonstration’s aims had widened as protests had spread across Sudan.
“Our goals are to support the revolution in Sudan and support the refugees in the camps in Southern Sudan,” the organiser told Socialist Worker.
“We want to show our support for the Sudanese people. We demand that Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir leaves power peacefully. Reforms and negotiations won’t satisfy us—the regime must go.”
There was widespread opposition to the Sudanese government’s neoliberal policies on the protest. Activists from doctors’ organisations carried placards protesting against selling off the country’s health service.
Bashir’s regime has embarked on a massive privatisation programme in health, education and public services.
Demonstrators in London carried placards inspired by the slogans of the movement in Sudan.
“We are all elbow lickers,” read one sign—a reference to a ruling party official’s claim that protesters would succeed “the day they can lick their elbows”, ie never.
The protest was organised by the Union of the Nuba Mountains and the Sudanese Political Alliance in the UK and Ireland.