On Thursday evening, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) security and launched a new campaign of arrests of members of the Sudanese Communist Party in Khartoum.
Four more prominent members of the party have been detained: Tajelsir Osman (Bao), a member of the Political Bureau, Fathi El Fadul, the spokesman for the party, Ali El Kinein, a member of the Central Committee, and Samir Khalil.
They join Mohamed Mukhtar El Khateeb, Secretary-General of the Party, journalist Kamak Karrar of the party’s El Midan newspaper, and others, including party leaders, activists and students already in detention.
Many of those detained were arrested across Sudan during mass demonstrations against price hikes in January.
An op-ed in El Midan, demanded that they all “stand against the continued arrogance of the regime” and that “we should be aware of the danger of the continuation of our political leadership being held in the odious prisons of the regime”.
The editorial called for of the need “to work with creative innovation to undermine the regime, its suppression and continuous response to the process of psychological torture, especially as there is a real danger to the lives of dozens of prisoners of freedom and conscience.”
It confirmed that the release of the political detainees is “a duty of the hour”.