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Sudan’s revolution anniversary marred by demonstrations and controversy

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The role of the former intelligence chief, Salah Abdullah, in bringing down Sudan’s former President, Omar Al-Bashir, has become the most talked about controversy in Sudan. The admission that leaders from the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) movement met and agreed with Abdullah, known as Gosh, to stage a mass sit-in demonstration outside the army headquarters comes just days before the first anniversary of the ouster of Omar Al-Bashir and his National Salvation government.

Sudan’s military removes al-Bashir – Cartoon [Arabi21]

Sudan’s military removes al-Bashir – Cartoon [Arabi21]

The news has shattered the notion that the popular uprising orchestrated by the FFC movement alone was responsible for removing the former president from power. It has brought into sharp focus the complicity between the movement and the former intelligence chief, a key figure in the Al-Bashir regime. As head of Al-Bashir’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) he is generally regarded as the man responsible for the security apparatus that terrorised and killed opponents of Al-Bashir’s government and supporters of the revolution. Investigative journalist, Lima Yaqoob, claims to have approached four leaders in the Freedom and Change movement to verify the accusation. According to a video cast, she revealed three of the four leaders refused to talk but one of the group – namely, Mohamed Ridda, a prominent leader of FFC – confirmed that Abdullah had suggested protesters be moved outside the army headquarters as he would open safe corridors for entry into the area.

Journalists, like myself, who write about Sudan have known the information for some time. I alluded to this in my article: “Sudan’s ‘revolution’ was a coup in disguise”, written in July 2019 for MEMO. However,........

© Middle East Monitor