On June 3, military forces attacked a protest in Sudan leaving hundreds of innocent people dead.
What We Know:
- Sudan’s former president, Omar al-Bashir, was removed from office in April and arrested on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
- Since getting rid of al-Bashir, Sudan transitioned into a military-led government and suspended the country’s constitution.
- This is problematic because al-Bashir’s ideology is still in place. Instead of acting it out himself, the military is doing it.
- This devastated Sudanese citizens who thought getting rid of Omar al-Bashir would help solve some of the country’s problems.
- The citizens have been protesting for months for civilian control over the government. The protests are an attempt to express their disapproval of the governing military.
- Frustrated with the people’s disobedience, military forces were authorized to attack and kill the peaceful protestors in the countries capital, Khartoum. They shot people who attempted to flee the scene, lit tents on fire and beat anyone participating in the protest.
- The internet has been blocked in Sudan, making it difficult to share accounts of the attack. This twitter thread was created for people to share their stories.
- In response to the violence, President Trump has sent a special envoy to Sudan to aid in peace talks between protest leaders and military officials.