It’s the end of an era in Sudan. Omar al-Bashir, one of the world’s longest-serving heads of state, whose brutal rule over Sudan lasted for 30 years was toppled after months of anti-government sudanese protesters in the streets. But the end of al-Bashir’s rule by a military coup wasn’t enough to satisfy Sudanese protesters. Now, they are calling for the end of the entire regime that he built and that kept him in power for so long.
To understand how this all unfolded, we must go back to December 19, 2018 in Sudan. Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in the northeastern city of Atbara and in other cities to protest the continued worsening of the country’s economy under al-Bashir.
Inflation had recently skyrocketed to nearly 70% and the price of food had risen dramatically as well.
The protests continued to grow and in April, and tens of thousands of anti-government protesters made their way to the capital city Khartoum, where they surrounded the army headquarters and made history. The protests became the longest sustained demonstration in Sudan since it gained independence in 1956.
The military started violently cracking down on the protesters. But things started to change when some Sudanese soldiers began protecting the anti-government protesters.
This marked the beginning of what would be the end of al-Bashir’s rule. The military turned its back on him, poetically ending his presidency in a coup—the same way he gained power in 1989.
But it didn’t end there because that still doesn’t seem to be enough for those protesters demanding real change.