Sudanese civil society group announces split from anti-coup coalition

Sudanese civil society group announces split from anti-coup coalition
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27 January, 2022
The Sudanese Civil Forces Association announced that it will be breaking away from Sudan’s anti-coup coalition, the Freedom and Change Forces, in favour of more independence and freedom - but said the two groups will still share common goals.
Sudanese people continue to demonstrate in anti-coup protests, which have been ongoing since 25 October [Getty]

The Sudanese Civil Forces Association announced that it will be breaking away from Sudan's anti-coup coalition, the Freedom and Change Forces, according to reports on Wednesday.

The association, which includes civil entities and organisations, said in a statement: "We strive with all our energy with the various resistance forces to bring down the coup, and this task requires greater independence and freedom of movement.

"We will definitely meet with [the Forces of Freedom and Change] in joint action, with whom we share the goal of overthrowing the coup and establishing civil rule." 

The Freedom and Change Forces is a coalition that includes a wide range of civilian and rebel groups, such as the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, the No To Oppression Against Women Initiative, and the Sudanese Resistance Committees.

The coalition was established in January 2019 during the 2018-2019 protests, which saw President Omar Al-Bashir removed from power.

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UNITAMS responded to demands on Twitter, saying that its presence in the country is mandated by the UN and that they support "freedom of speech" and "the right to assembly".

Sudan has been subjected to deadly crackdowns against protests calling for civilian rule since the 25 October military coup, led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.