While visiting Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, minority rights activist, author and professor, Angela Davis, gave support to the Sudanese people for their popular struggle for “freedom, peace and justice." Sudan has been embroiled in a popular uprising against the now-former President Bashir and the opposition is now trying to push the military to cede power to civilian control.
Sudan's Opposition Suspends Peace Talks With Military Council
In a video uploaded to Facebook by a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, Davis was asked to send a message to the Sudanese people and “to the activists on the ground in Sudan.”
In her message, she says: “I would like on behalf of all of those who are involved in progressive and radical social justice movements in the U.S. and elsewhere to congratulate you on your successes particularly with the removal of al-Bashir from power. And I know that you will continue to struggle until you achieve freedom and peace and justice.”
President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, was overthrown April 11 by the armed forces after months of protests. After the ouster, the military, announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by elections and a state of emergency for three months.
Opposition groups, however, continued to protest against this setup denouncing the Transitional Military Council (TMC) which has members who some consider to be too close to al-Bashir. On Monday they suspended talks with the TMC.
Leaders from the Freedom and Change Alliance said in a statement, "We have decided to suspend the negotiation with the Transitional Military Council," since the council would not cede power to civilian control.
The chairman of Sudan's TMC Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan disagreed with the opposition’s characterization of the situation, saying that their goal is to ultimately hand over the power to the people.