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Protesters In Sudan Seek Justice Via Twitter

Sudanese political activists are organizing around #Strike4Sudan to call for the release of political prisoners and justice for protestors killed last month.

This week about 50 activists started a five-day campaign called #Strike4Sudan (and its Arabic equivalent #ﺇﺿﺮﺍﺏ_ﻟﻠﺴﻮﺩﺍﻥ) to demand freedom of expression and justice for the dozens of Sudanese killed during last month’s anti-government protests.

Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters

In a bid to raise awareness, they’ve taken to Twitter to organize and publicize their hunger strike.


esmail abujalabia

@abujalabia

#Strike4Sudan

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Mohammed Abualgassim

@Moh_Abualgassim

The problem of #Strike4Sudan is that there’s a lot of people who don’t know about it ..use the social media & spread the word #إضراب_للسودان

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Maha Elsanosi

@MimzicalMimz

Day 3 of hunger strike #Strike4Sudan OUR DEMANDS: RELEASE DETAINEES/BRING KILLERS TO JUSTICE/ALLOW FREEDOM OF SPEECH http://t.co/YSibKsFm9t

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sudanesedream

@Sudanesedream

We demand justice for the innocent souls of those shot to death by gov militias while chanting for their dignity & freedom #Strike4Sudan

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Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

Protests erupted Sept. 23 after the government announced cuts in fuel subsidies. The anger quickly ignited widespread demonstrations, further fueled by anger at President Umar al-Bashir’s 24-year rule. In retaliation, the government reportedly cut off the internet, leaving Sudanese protestors shouting in the dark.

Amnesty International reported that more than 800 activists, reporters, and opposition party members were arrested between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and that more than 200 people have been killed since the start of protests.

Sudanese authorities, however, said that only 70 people were killed and 700 detained during the unrest. Earlier this month they released 400 detainees. Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told Bloomberg that the rest remained in jail and faced criminal charges, ranging from murder to destroying property.

Political activists expressed hope that their five-day hunger strike would nourish further activism and feed further political change.

I was only planning to join for 1 day, but now that the day is almost over I decided to go all the way! For our freedom #إضراب_للسودان

— أُمْنِية (@Omnia_awad)

أُمْنِية

@Omnia_awad

I was only planning to join for 1 day, but now that the day is almost over I decided to go all the way! For our freedom #إضراب_للسودان

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