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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sudan Erupts

"The People Want the Fall of the Regime.": "Al-Sha‘b yurid isqat al-nizam"  was the iconic chant of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, and now it's being heard in Khartoum and Omdurman. Sudan has endured three days of worsening demonstrations in the wake of a move to lift government subsidies on fuel prices. 

The death toll is rising; the last estimate I saw was 10 dead but that is likely a low estimate. Today the Internet was shut down, at least for a while.

So is Sudan belatedly having its Arab Spring moment? Actually it had demonstrations back in 2011, and has continued to face challenges created by its loss of South Sudan and its persistent economic problems.

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