Videos of the escalation. You can see how many people were around, thousands. At first the front line had at least 15 feet between them and the police. It diminished to no space at all, and then police were smashing umbrellas with batons, pepper spraying, and eventually tear gas. You can’t really tell what’s a gunshot or just people banging on fences. It’s hot and humid in the crowd, easy to feel faint especially when trying to gauge an exit route. We jumped over the divider to get away from the cloud and went back to the front of the bridge to see how far the protestors had advanced. But the tear gas stays in the air and everything starts to sting, luckily we had goggles. That’s when we decided to leave and I’m glad we did. This whole area, completely full of people mostly standing around waiting and not violent at all, has now been forcibly cleared with rubber bullets and lots more tear gas. It looks like the apocalypse.
The picture represents Alaa Salah. A 22 year old Sudanese student & women’s rights activist, leading chants in a nationwide anti-government protest.
My heart goes out to Sudan. Your struggles are heard, your pain is felt....I stand with you Sudan.
In the past 10 days, the Sudanese protestors advocating for a true and fair democracy have had to withstand an escalation of violence from an interim military power already infamous for the atrocities it has committed against the country’s non-Muslim populations. Sudan is a country whose independence has been mired by totalitarianism and the people are now paying dearly for knowing better than trusting a genocidal military to guide the country’s transition to democracy. There are reports on the ground of rape, murder and a list of acts that make the phrase “human rights violations” seem hollow. We cannot look away from Sudan, so the job of the international community is to understand the situation as best as it possibly can. .
In the aftermath of the mass killing of pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum early in June, tens of thousands of people have adopted the colour blue in their profile pictures to show their support for the struggle.
It was in honour of 25-year-old Mohamed Hashim Mattar, who was killed by Sudanese troops while protecting fellow protesters.
“This isn’t just any blue, it’s Mattar’s blue. He was in love with colors in general and this was his favorite one. Say his name. Remember him,”