Sudan’s Revolution: The Triumph of Peaceful Protests Continues

Demonstrations erupt outside the University of Zalingei in West Darfur as a peace negotiation team, ...

 

The Sudanese people haven’t been protesting for a short period of time. Protests began over 4 months ago and results are only starting to show these few days. After protesting peacefully for such a long time, the people have managed to bring down Bashir, the dictator who has ruled Sudan for 30 years, but the revolution is far from over.

Bashir has ruled Sudan since 1989 after seizing power in a military coup. Since then the country has been in turmoil. He has ruled with an iron fist committing countless crimes and leaving the people in poverty. The man is even wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide.

Ultimately realizing that there was only one possible end, the military ousted Omar Al Bashir and took charge. The Sudanese people, however, are already too familiar with this type of situation and haven’t stopped protesting. The military is a continuation of Bashir’s regime and Sudanese citizens know too well that it would be no different.

Awad Ibn Auf, Sudan’s defense minister, stepped down from leading the military council/transitional government on Friday, the 12th of April, as protests continued, leaving Lt. General Abdel Fattah al Burhan in charge instead.

The protests are still ongoing. Both Awad Ibn Auf and Abdel Fattah al Burhan are known to have committed crimes of genocide. They were also prominent members of Bashir’s regime. Replacing Bashir with one of his generals would not serve the Sudanese people or their desire for a civilian government and leader rather than a military one.

It doesn’t look like the revolution will end soon; in fact, it’s still in full force. All members of Sudanese society have now been brought together. Christian Copts are freely singing hymns while protected by their Muslim brothers and sisters. When it’s time for Muslims to pray, they’re protected by the Copts.

One can’t praise the role of women in the revolution enough. They haven’t just participated in the protests, but have actively led them. Refusing to back down, Sudanese women will not accept oppression again and will surely have a prominent role in the Sudan of the future.

As time passes by, new events are sure to unfold. We’ll know in a few days or even hours whether Abdel Fattah al Burhan will step down and admit defeat like his predecessors. One thing, however, is guaranteed: the Sudanese people have no intention to back down and have realized that when united, they can win back their beloved country.

Photo via United Nations Photo/Flickr

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