Sudan protests in pictures: ‘We are here for the night shift’


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Ola Alsheikh

Sudanese photographer Ola Alsheikh has captured the defiant and growing crowds outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

The woman above has written “Just Fall” on her arm, reflecting the demonstrators’ calls for President Omar al-Bashir and his government to resign.

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Ola Alsheikh

The sit-in began on Saturday and the protesters want the armed forces to withdraw their support for the regime. The banner above, hung from a nearby bridge, reads: “Freedom, peace and justice”.

A woman holding up a Sudanese flag at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan -Sunday 7 April 2019Image copyright
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The crowds on Sunday were chanting the same slogan. Protests across Sudan started in December, originally sparked by a rise in the cost of living.

A crowd using their mobile phone lights at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Sunday 7 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

As the chanting continued through the night on Sunday in front of the army HQ, people in the crowd told each other to turn on their mobile phone torches.

A woman wearing a headscarf and face veil pours water into the mouth of another protester at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Sunday 7 April 2019Image copyright
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Even at night, the temperature has been hot – and people from all walks of life have been joining the sit-in.

People holding large plastic water containers cheering at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Sunday 7 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

Volunteers have been bringing supplies for the protesters, which prompted some people to cheer: “Please give thanks for the water and food.”

Two people sitting one others' shoulders at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Sunday 7 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

In different sections of the crowd, people have been taking it in turns to be hoisted up to start a chant, which is repeated. There is no silence.

People walking along a road towards a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Monday 8 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

On Monday, the crowds kept walking to the military complex from central Khartoum. Rubble was placed on the road near the entrance to try and stop vehicles from the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents accessing the area.

Demonstrators at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Monday 8 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

The demonstrators accuse the NISS and a militia supporting President Bashir of trying to drive them away. Witnesses say these agents have fired tear-gas and live bullets at them to try and disperse them.

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Ola Alsheikh

This sign above says: “We are all Hamid” and refers to a soldier who it is believed tried to protect the crowd on Saturday from other agents of the security forces and was injured in the clashes.

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Ola Alsheikh

The demonstrators do not just come from Khartoum. The slogan sprayed on the T-shirt above says the protester comes from the city of Halfa.

People have also been chanting the names of those who have died in the protests over the last few months. Human Rights Watch puts the figure at more than 50.

A woman holds up a photo of Ahmed al-Kheir at a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Monday 8 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

The woman above is holding up a photo of Ahmed al-Kheir, a teacher and demonstrator who it is alleged was beaten and died in custody in February.

Crowds crossing a bridge to go to a sit-in at the military HQ in Khartoum, Sudan - Monday 8 April 2019Image copyright
Ola Alsheikh

By Monday evening the authorities had barred access to the military headquarters from central Khartoum, so people came pouring in via the nearby bridge linking Khartoum with the northern Bahari district. They were chanting, “We are coming for the night shift!”

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Ola Alsheikh

The demonstrators say they refuse to go until their demands are met. The black banner above is addressed to the military and says: “We came to protest on the street – and now it is your turn. #JustFall.”

By Ola Alsheikh

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Publish date : 2019-04-09 23:44:32

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