Sudan blocks social media at anti-gov protests continue

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Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a bid to calm anti-government protests that have killed at least 19 people.

Police fired tear gas and live ammunition at hundreds of protestors in central Khartoum on Monday as protestors attempted to march upon President Omar al-Bashir’s palace, demanding he steps down. Protests have been running in the capital for two weeks now over fuel shortages, food prices and a variety of political issues.

Sudan blocks social media to curb demonstrations

While the Sudanese government says at least 19 people have been killed in the recent wave of protests, Amnesty International says at least 37 people have died since the demonstrations began. The government also says another 406 people have also been injured but various rights groups suggest the number could be much higher.

Khartoum is one of 14 cities across Sudan where protests are taking place and security forces have responded by firing tear gas and live ammunition on various occasions – prompting President to urge restraint and promise police reforms.

However, public dissent remains high and the protests continue, leading authorities to shut down access to numerous social media platforms and internet access across prominent operators.

This comes after the government declared a state of emergency in several regions, shutting schools and arresting opposition leaders.

Featured image: “Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum” flickr photo by nubianimage https://flickr.com/photos/132357696@N07/29826116444 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.