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Sudan: “Because I am a free Sudanese, I will go out and say no”

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Sudan, Citizen Media, Politics, Protest, Youth

On March 21, 2011 Sudan's Youth Movement day was born. Youths from universities across Sudan linked and shared information on Facebook and Twitter as a way of setting up a new stage for a new round of protests against the government of Omar al-Bashir [1].


Now in March 21, Together we can light the present to change the future. Photo source:Youth for change Facebook Page

The campaign on Facebook that has brought together many young Sudanese students is run under the slogan, “Because I am a free Sudanese, I will go out and say NO”. The campaign is lead by a Facebook group called “The Spark [3]” or  “Youth for Change Movement”.
Below are some tweets from the different voices inside and outside Sudan about the March 21 protests.

@BSonblas [4]t:

@PerledeNubia nothing happened. some little protests popped off in some universities, but quickly shut down. #Sudan #March21

@drsonnet [5]:

Breaking news: national University students in #protest could break security siege & go to city market in #Sudan. via Adel Abdelaty #March21

@kabaros [6]:

Demonstrations in Madani and electricity outage in the whole city #march21 #sudan

@SudanProtests [7]:

Photos: #Sudanese Students Union in #Pakistan join #March21 protests. http://bit.ly/f2mTks — #Sudan #Jan30

@kabaros [8]:

in Khartoum, only confrontations around universities especially Nilein, Ahliyya #sudan #march21

@SudanProtests [9]:

Protests break out in #Khartoum market, youth vow to continue after 21 arrests yesterday. #March21 #Jan30 #Sudan

Sudan's cyber-activists are changing the world around them. As much as they want to be connected to the world through the Internet, they also want to be part of the local movement for change in Sudan. The coming of fiber optic cables in many Sub-Saharan African countries will certainly empower young people in the region to voice their opinions and contribute to political change.

Following online campaigns such as The Spark, Sudan's ruling National Congress Party has warned that its “cyber jihadists” will crush online campaigns [10]against the government.