‘Victory or Egypt’: Lessons of Arab Spring Loom Large in Sudan

Published April 14th, 2019 - 01:00 GMT
(AFP)
(AFP)

As Sudan celebrates the overthrow of long-ruling dictator Omar Bashir, protesters have been cautiously aware of the dangerous future they might face if they allowed the old-regime-related old figures to maintain power.


On Thursday, the world woke up on the news that Sudan’s military has overthrown Al Bashir was taken under house arrest in a safe place in an apparent coup came after four continuous months and has intensified in the past two weeks.

The Defence Minister, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, went on Thursday and confirmed that the military will gain control over the country for a two-year transitional period until presidential elections are held.

In a similar scenario to what happened in Egypt around 6 years ago when current President Abdel Fattah Sisi who was then a defense minister overthrew Mohammed Morsi, the first president elected after Egypt’s 2011 Revolution and ruled the country since then with an iron fist.

Therefore, Sudanese refused to return homes considering the uprising as successful fearing a similar destiny to Egypt’s one, they insisted on electing a civilian government, threatening to keep protesting until their demands are met.

This led Sudan’s Ibn Auf to announce resignation on Friday, only 24 hours after Bashir was announced ousted, appointing a new head of the military council identified as Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman.

Yet, Sudanese did not back out.

Videos and photos from Sudan’s protests on Friday and Saturday showed Sudanese holding banners and chanting slogans like #إما_النصر_و_إما_مصر  [Either victory or Egypt], in reference to Egypt’s current situation where people currently struggle to meet their daily lives needs amid high rates of poverty and deteriorating economic situation, let alone the human rights violations and the crackdowns on freedoms.

Translation: “For the third, fourth, fifth and even million times, [will protest] until all our demands are met. We are not the ones who can be fooled by cheap and badly-directed plays that aim at letting us down and stealing our revolution.”

Egyptians have also jumped on the hashtag and many have expressed support to the Sudanese protesters wishing them a better future.

Translation: “Our comfort will be in Sudan and Algeria’s revolutions success. [At least] we did not fail in vain.”

This also comes almost a week after Algerians succeeded in overthrowing their long-ruling president, Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, who had been ruling the country for almost 3 decades and spent his latest years in office while on a wheelchair and unable to make any public appearance.”

For Algerians, it is a similar scenario. Protesters saw Bouteflika’s replacement as too close to the former regime, staying in streets and protesting until demands are met.


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