- Momentum is building behind a student led protest in Sudan that could become a full-blown uprising against the African country’s longtime president Omar al-Bashir.Activists have taken to the street to put pressure on the government, and are documenting their efforts through the increasingly popular Twitter hashtag #SudanRevolts.Several young people have stepped forward on social media to push for international attention and share images of the protests, which escalated in June following new austerity measures in the country.
- Although there has been a long-simmering conflict between dissidents and the al-Bashir government, the latest demonstrations show signs of an escalating conflict that some are labelling a 'Sudanese spring'.And although the latest confrontations show some similarities to Arab Spring uprisings, many caution against the lumping them together.
- Although many of the images and videos coming out of the region cannot be independently verified, Al Jazeera has found representatives willing to step forward and tell the world what is happening in Sudan.
- (If the elbow-licking image above seems strange, here's the context: Omar al-Bashir has suggested that efforts to oust him from power are as hopeless as attempting to lick one's elbow. Protesters hope to prove him wrong.)
- Al Jazeera reported that this video, shot at the University of Khartoum on June 24, features protesters calling for freedom, media coverage of the uprising, and an end to military rule and dictatorship.
- Human Rights Watch recently reported that security forces have arrested scores of protesters, opposition members, and journalists. They also say the forces have brutally beat people in detention, and used both rubber bullets and live ammunition to break up protests that they say began on June 16 on the University of Khartoum campus.
- Human Rights Watch has interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, protesters, and former detainees in Khartoum and Omdurman. They are also in contact with other groups monitoring the protests, which have spread to Madani, Sennar, Gedarif, Port Sudan, Hasahisa, and other towns across Sudan.
- "What's happening in Sudan is nothing short of amazing," wrote Foreign Policy's Christian Caryl in a recent article.
"This is the country that has been ruled since 1989 by President Omar al-Bashir -- the man who faces a global arrest warrant after being charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court for his country's exterminationist policies in Darfur."
Caryl argues that mainstream media organizations have been slow to react, and that international attention is greatly needed.
"Meanwhile, editors at the big Western media outlets should send more reporters to illuminate the latest events in Sudan -- and not because that would support budding democrats. Quite simply, there's a huge story in the making here."
- Members of the Sudanese diaspora and their supporters have also put pressure on leaders in the U.K., Ireland and the U.S.