What started as a protest against the rising cost of fuel and bread has become a wider movement, calling for the removal of Omar al-Bashir, the 30 year dictator of the country. From the city of Atbara on December 19 2018, to the rest of the country in the coming weeks, protesters were met with tear gas, live ammunition and an internet black-out in the government crack down on protests in the country. These latest dissent comes in a time of a rising opposition to al-Bashir, a dictator who took power in 1989, and currently has numerous arrest warrants issued against him for his involvement in war crimes, genocide and human rights violations during the war in Darfur and other conflicts.
Surprisingly this protest's first goal has been accomplished in April 2019, which truly shows the world the power of civil disobedience even in Sudan one of the longest authoritarian regimes, responsible for genocide and war crimes but have remained unanswerable to anyone for years. Hpwever the protest movement continues as arresting al-Bashir is just the initial step in the demands of the protesters for a civilian led government. But the protests currently continue as the people of Sudan push for a dismantling of what is left of al-Bashir's military regime, recently agreed and planned to happen gradually over the next three years. The road to justice for the very serious war crimes and genocide, racist claims that the southern Sudanese diluted the Arab blood of northern Sudan may have to wait for the long term push for a more stable and less corrupt Sudan.