From Atbra to Paris, Sudanese all around the world, have been calling for freedom, democracy and justice. Sudan protesters call for president Omar al-Bashir to step down.
The protests started in Atbra, a city well known for its labour movement history, on December 19. Other cities witnessed protests in the same day including; Qadaref, Nuhod, and Portsudan that was supposed to receive a presidential visit from Bashir in the same day. Protests extended to other cities in the following day; Dongla, Barbar, Sennar, Elobaid, and the capital Khartoum. A heavy security crackdown was deployed, with authorities arresting opposition leaders and activists.
At least 38 people have been killed while taking part in the protests and dozens are wounded, the school and university suspended and social media have been blocked. There are reports and pictures circulating online of security agencies using live bullets against demonstrators.
The protesters took up the streets, driven by the difficult living conditions and the economic crisis, but it is obvious that the crisis has a political nature. It’s not a “hunger revolution” but a popular uprising for freedom and justice. It’s a movement against the system and the regime who has been oppressing the population, forcing thousand to flee. The National Congress and General Bashir have been in power for 30 years, he has been accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court prosecutor for directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.