April 18, 2024

Watching Khartoum

Sudanese youth activists (an increasingly strong and tech-savvy group – some of whom I reported on last year), inspired by peoples’ protests in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt, have been organizing demonstrations to take place today, January 30.

The demonstration website, http://sudan30january.blogspot.com/ contains practical information for protesters, including directions for how to handle tear gas, and an emphasis on marching peacefully. It also recalls the uprising of October 1964 when the Sudanese people peacefully overthrew the regime of President Ibrahim Abbud. As of 10am Sudan time the website has reportedly been blocked.

Crisis Mappers have put together a crowdsource map for protesters to report any incidents of violence to. As of 12 noon Sudan time it contains an unverified report of 20 protesters being arrested. Reuters has also reported police beating and arresting student protesters.

Right now the protests seem to have involved small groups that have been easily dispersed by police. You can watch a video posted by a twitter user in Khartoum here (just sign in to follow @simsimt).


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