It seems the recent government-toppling protests in Tunisia are having a ripple effect – not only have Egyptian citizens taken to the streets (watch live coverage here), but now student and civil society movements in Sudan are calling for peaceful protests to bring down the military regime in Khartoum.
The protesters intend to take to the streets on Sunday, January 30. According to a press release by Adil Abdel Aati of the Liberal Democratic Party:
A group of young Sudanese activists proclaim January 30, 2011 to be the beginning of peaceful demonstrations to bring down the military regime in Sudan. This campaign is calling on all sectors of Sudanese to get out January 30th and demonstrate in the streets of Sudan’s most populated cities. The invitation for the demonstration excludes the leaders of the traditional opposition parties who are not willing to confront the Islamic military regime, which has been ruling Sudan since 1989… It is no secret that the young people who have called for the demonstration have seen what has happened in Tunisia and Egypt, where young generations have loudly spoken against unemployment and political marginalization.
The organizers of the protests are calling out the opposition parties in Sudan as well as the current regime for failing to check the corruption and marginalization that they believe has led to the secession of South Sudan and could lead to Darfur:
This call for demonstrations coincides with the 116th anniversary of the liberation of Khartoum by Imam Mohammed Ahmed al-Mahdi on January 26, 1885, great grandfather of Mr. Alsadiq Al-Mahdi. Their intent is to peacefully express anger at the decades of corruption, violence, and human right violations, which led to the separation of the South and which could lead to the potential separation of the West.
Like the protests in Tunisia and Egypt, protesters are likely to make use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to organize themselves. Girifna, a student movement whose name means “We are fed up,” posted on their Facebook page today: “Next Sunday, 30 January …… We are all on the street …. Please spread the word to all ….”
Read more here, and stay tuned.