Issues / What is happening in Sudan? June 13th, 2019 Hot Topic The Sudanese people are trying to get democratic control of their country. The President has been overthrown and now the military has taken control. Sudan has been suspended from the African Union. In December 2018, the people of Sudan mobilised and started a series of peaceful protests and sit-ins against President Omar al-Bashir, his oppressive regime and in frustration that the economy is failing. The regime and government responded with extreme violence and 100s of protestors were killed. In April, the military finally took control and overthrew the President. At first, people were elated that the al-Bashir had been removed. However, it then became clear that the country's power was to remain in the military's hands and that civilians would not be in power, as they had wanted. More peaceful protests erupted and a 2-day general strike was organised. On 3rd June, protestors were killed as the military open fired on the crowds. Several were injured, including women and children. Many were sexually assaulted. More than 100 have been killed since 3rd June, at least 40 bodies have been thrown into the River Nile and scores are missing. The military has cracked down further on citizens and the internet has been shut off in Sudan, preventing people from being able to access or communicate with the media. The African Union has Recent Articles Should we abolish private schools? What is the Iran Nuclear Deal?