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Contact: Jalelah Ahmed
Communications Director
Sudanese-Americans for Non-Violent Demonstrations
(814)880-7111
sandforsudan@gmail.com

RE: MARCH FOR SUDAN
Saturday, March 23, 2019
MARCH: 100 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20560
RALLY: Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC 20037

“The people of Sudan need the world’s help to protect them from their genocidal president.”
- Nicholas Kristof, NY TIMES, 1/16/2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. 3/15/2019 - PLEASE JOIN US, SATURDAY, MARCH 23, AS WE MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO ANSWER SUDAN’S CALLS FOR DEMOCRACY AND TO URGE CONGRESS TO PUSH FOR THE REMOVAL OF MOHAMED ATTA, SUDAN’S TOP DIPLOMAT IN WASHINGTON. WE SUPPORT THE RIGHT FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST AND SEEK JUSTICE FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF BASHIR’S RUTHLESS REGIME.
For the past three months, uprisings across Sudan have ignited a world-wide call for the immediate resignation of thirty-year dictator, Omar Al Bashir.
These calls have been answered with deadly opposition as the government has resorted to using armed militias to crack down on civilians. Militias have used tear gas, live ammunition and batons, killing at least 70 people and injuring thousands more. Additionally, the list of those being detained without charge grows everyday as the government’s militia forces actively rake the streets kidnapping peaceful protestors.
Hundreds have sustained beatings, some reporting that they were electrocuted. Militia forces have been caught on camera running over protestors with their trucks, kicking in doors to homes, dragging suspected protestors into the streets in cities all over Sudan. Video evidence shows the militias beating them forcefully with batons and sticks in the head and chest. This has been Bashir’s response to the protestors demands for affordable bread and fuel. The demands have ignited a call for Peace and Democracy and for the National Congress Party and Bashir, to step down.
Similar to the current situation, in September 2013 mass numbers of Sudanese took out to the streets to call for regime change. At that time the separation of South Sudan, and the war in the two areas and Darfur, enabled the government in Khartoum to turn the economy into a war economy.
Under the leadership of Mohammed Atta, Sudan’s current top diplomat to Washington, the NISS’s response to these protests was bloody! Around 200 youth were gunned downed in various neighborhoods of Khartoum. Whether the killers were part of regular NISS forces, or the then-newly formed RSF, they all fell under Mohammed Atta's jurisdiction.
US organizations such as Freedom House and the Cato Institute have published comprehensive reports on Sudan that rank it in the top 10 worst countries with regards to freedoms. The historic forced application of Sharia law has prompted violations against Christians, moderate Muslims, and followers of indigenous African religions. Since the recent protests started in late December 2018, until late January 2019, Reporters without borders have document over 100 violations against the press.
Bashir’s systematic killing machine knows no boundaries. It is the same regime wanted by the International Criminal Court for Crimes Against Humanity for the Genocide in Darfur.
Senators Patrick Leahy and Robert Menendez sent a letter to the president on December 20, 2018 asking him to remove the Mohamed Atta from the United States. Two other Congressmembers are continuing the effort by addressing our March for Sudan on March 23rd. Please Join us!

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