ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- Following the United State's celebration of freedom and independence, others around the world want the same thing.
"Peace, justice and equality for all of Sudan," says Ahmed Abdur-Rahim. "And we would like to remove this oppressive regime who has been in power for decades."
Members of Rochester's Sudanese community made signs in both Arabic and English to express their frustrations with their home country's government, where oppression and corruption reign supreme.
"This regime and the supporters for this regime, take them to ICC (International Criminal Court), to the courts," says Abab Abdullah, "we need justice, we need justice!"
The issues do not simply deal with oppression, as injustice and death spread through Sudan.
"And everywhere, their regime is killing our people, killing innocent people," says Abdullah. "More wars everywhere. More corruption everywhere. For all these 23 years, they kill people and utilize all the resources of Sudan."
Their issues with the Sudanese government are not being met head on right now, but Abdur-Rahim hopes they can instill the change they want to see in their home land.
"We know that People are more powerful than people in power. And together, inside Sudan and outside Sudan, we can do it. Yes for peace! Yes for peace! Yes for equality!"
The community plans on putting together more protests and rallies against the Sudanese government in the near future with hopes of spreading their message to all of Rochester and beyond.
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