2 May 2019

Algeria: International Open Letter of Solidarity With Sudan and Algeria

Photo: Algérie Presse
Protesters in Algeria (file photo).

Trade unionists, MPs and campaigners have launched the open letter below to build solidarity across the labour and trade union movement around the world with the uprisings in Sudan and Algeria. Find out more about how you can get involved in this campaign below.

Dear comrade,

The revolutions in Sudan and Algeria are reaching a critical juncture. Millions have taken part in street protests and strikes over the past few months, bringing down dictators whose rule lasted decades. Yet the demands of the uprisings for real democratic change and social justice are still a long way from being fulfilled, as the military and security apparatus of the old regimes attempts to hold onto political power.

The question of solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are risking everything to fight for peace, freedom, social justice and democracy cannot be an abstract one. Governments around the world have empowered the regimes' repressive capacity, through supplying arms and equipment used for military and security purposes, and through cooperation around 'counter-terrorism' and border controls.

On international workers' day this year, we saw trade unionists attacked by the police in Algiers using tear gas as they attempted to march. Meanwhile in Sudan, the deputy head of the military junta, General Mohamed Dagalo of the notorious Rapid Support Forces militia, said the thousands of peaceful protesters including members of the independent unions affiliated with the Sudanese Professionals' Association were causing "chaos" which would no longer be tolerated.

Workers' organisations are fighting back. In Algeria, independent union federations launched a call for a general strike on the first day of Ramadan (7 May). Sudanese doctors have escalated their strike action, workers in Port Sudan and other groups of workers are joining protests and declaring their support for the revolution every day.

We need your help. Will you join us in:

sending greetings to trade unionists in Algeria and Sudan who are mobilising support for the popular uprisings' demands through strikes, protests and sit-ins, and fighting to create democratic, independent unions and break the control of regime supporters over workers' and professional associations.

calling on the trade union movement around the world to mobilise solidarity with the sit-ins, strikes and protests in Sudan and Algeria.

campaigning against military or security co-operation with the old regimes (and other individuals and groups responsible for human rights violations); opposing our governments supplying them with arms or equipment for repression.

declaring solidarity with the struggle to establish genuine democracy in Sudan and Algeria, and opposition to all forms of military rule.

Initial signatories include:

Vidal Aragonés, Member of the Catalan Parliament, Catalonia

Safak Ayhan (Teachers' union Egitim Sen Bursa/Yenisehir branch), Turkey

Patrick Bond, Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, University

of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD (Member of the Dail), Ireland

Christine Buchholz, Member of the Bundestag, Die Linke, Germany

Maria Carvalho Dantas, member of the Spanish Congress (MP)

Gerry Carroll People Before Profit MLA (Member of the Legislative

Assembly) Belfast, Ireland

Petros Constantinou, councilor, City of Athens, Greece

Merve Diltemiz (Peace academic purged by state of decree, the teachers' union Egitim Sen, Ankara University), Turkey

Yang Dong-gyu, Vice-President of the KCTU, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, South Korea

Carolyn Egan, president of the United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council, Canada

Arghyri Erotokritou, GC member, Federation of Hospital Workers Unions

(POEDIN), Greece

Oihana Etxebarrieta, Member of the Basque Parliament for EH Bildu

Sara Vilà Galán, member of the Spanish Senate

Panos Garganas, editor, Workers Solidarity, Greece

Orestis Ilias, councilor, Vrilissia municipality, Greece

Kim Jong-hoon, MP Minjung Party, South Korea

Ronnie Kasrils, former Minister, South African Government

Senol Karakas (Co-chair for DSIP, the Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party)

Costas Katarahias, chair Hospital workers union, Ag. Savvas cancer

hospital, Athens, Greece

Alex Kenny, National Executive Member, NEU, UK

Gino Kenny People Before Profit TD, Ireland

Ferda Keskin (Peace academic, Sosyal-Is union, Bilgi University Istanbul)

Zanetta Lysikatou, GC member, Federation of Hospital Doctors Unions

(OENGE), Greece

Cllr Tina MacVeigh, People Before Profit, Dublin City Council, Ireland

Costas Mantaios, chair SFEA (Association of prisoners and exiles during

the Junta 1967-1974), Greece

Cllr Eamonn McCann, People Before Profit, Derry , author and journalist, Ireland

Rasigan Maharajh, PhD. Professor Extraordinary: Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Oskar Matute, MP in the Spanish congress for EH Bildu

John Molyneux, Editor Irish Marxist Review

Yildiz Onen ("No to racism - we are all refugees" campaign), Turkey

Cagla Oflas (Anticapitalists platform), Turkey

Meltem Oral (Co-chair for DSIP, the Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party), Turkey

Can Irmak Ozinanir (Peace academic purged by state of decree, the teachers' union Egitim Sen, Ankara University)

Prokopis Papastratis, professor, History dept, Panteion University,

Athens, Greece

Katerina Patrikiou, councilor, Petroupoli municipality, Greece

Eleni Portaliou, professor, School of Architecture, National Technical

University, Athens, Greece

Serafeim Rizos, councilor, Chania municipality, Greece

Sid Ryan, past president of the Ontario Federation of Labour

Sadik Sahin (Teachers' union Egitim Sen Istanbul branch), Turkey

Nita Sanghera, UCU Vice-President, UK

Han Sang-gyun, Former President of the KCTU, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, South Korea

Woo Seok-kyun, Co-representative of Korean Federation of Medical Activist Groups for Health Rights, South Korea

Brid Smith People Before Profit TD, Ireland

Vasilis Sylaidis, EC member, Athens Labour Centre, Greece

Ozan Tekin (Editor for Marksist.org daily website), Turkey

Katerina Thoidou, councilor, Nikaia municipality, Greece

Kiri Tunks, Joint President, NEU, UK

Baha Uzbilek (Health workers' union SES, Izmir branch), Turkey

Prof. Salim Vally, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, Director: Centre for Education Rights & Transformation (CERT), South Africa

Source: https://menasolidaritynetwork.com/algeriasudanletter

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