Sudanese take to the streets in protest against inflation and skyrocketing food prices
|Dec 23, 2018|| 3|
Protests across Sudan have erupted after the government hiked the price of bread from one Sudanese pound to three. Protests started in eastern Sudan before spreading into the capital of Khartoum. According to the Sudanese opposition leader, 16 people have been killed by government forces as of Saturday. Activists claim internet and social media access has been limited by telecom companies. Let’s take a closer look at the events unfolding on the ground across the country.
Even with limited internet and social media access, activists opposing government security forces have been successful in spreading video of their clashes against the government. In the following clip, security forces walk up to protestors and after a moment begin to attack.
Reports from activists claim a brutal crackdown by security forces. On Thursday a video was uploaded showing two men from the security forces beating a protestor.
Beatings by security forces are only part of the crackdown. On Wednesday, security forces shot and killed a protestor in eastern Sudan as mass protests against the government were being held. Gunfire continued against demonstrators as security forces drove through the crowds marching on the street.
Anti-government demonstrators are sharing ways to defend themselves on different social media platforms. In this example, a Facebook user explains how protestors can make cement balls with nails to disable security vehicles who raid demonstrations.
The government of Omar-Bashir is under mounting pressure. The Sudanese pound is losing its value, inflation rising and the cost of food is becoming unaffordable for most Sudanese. A curfew has been imposed and a state of emergency has been declared. However, this won’t solve the issues that got Sudan to where it is now. The country can’t access desperately needed aid because it’s on an American list of state sponsors of terror, which disqualifies it from receiving any type of economic assistance from the World Bank. Coupled with the mounting evidence of government forces killing unarmed demonstrators, it is difficult to tell if Omar-Bashir’s government will be able to survive the chaos his country is currently experiencing.
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