Varsity students in Sudan were shown protesting against the continued stay in office of President Omar Al-Bashir. They join a growing public call for the three-decades old leader to go.
Protests have led to the closure of a number of universities across the country as government security apparatus tries to get a grip on the nationwide action.
Students in Sudan protesting today.
Many universities remain closed as protests calling for an end to the Al-Bashir regime continue across the Country. pic.twitter.com/sMIVCj70WF
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) February 19, 2019
Journalists – local and international, have been caught in the middle of the protests. Foreign reporters have been deported or ordered out over their coverage whiles local journalists have been arrested and allegedly tortured.
Rolls of daily and weekly newspapers have also been confiscated. A number of varsity professors in the capital Khartoum were recently arrested for attempting to stage a protest.
The government has routinely come out to report of deaths resulting from clashes. In the recent past, a fruit seller died of tear gas inhalation whiles a police was also stoned to death.
Human rights groups have disputed official government figures of deaths, putting the figure at above 40 – twice as much as the government tally.
The Declaration of Freedom & Change underpins the unity of the people of Sudan in their quest for freedom. Signed by SPA and 20 major political players, the Declaration has gained broad consensus. It is now considered the general guiding framework to rebuild Sudan.#SudanUprising pic.twitter.com/QxRT40Lx3n
— تجمع المهنيين السودانيين (@AssociationSd) February 18, 2019