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Sudan’s protest movement is revolutionising youth culture

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In a country with no nightclubs or bars, strolling along the River Nile or picnicking in Khartoum’s parks used to be the usual form of entertainment for young people in Sudan’s capital. However, since the outbreak of street protests in December the daily routine has changed. Free time now involves checking social media site to locate and join the latest demonstrations or sit-in protests against the government.

On offer is free food and drink, comaraderie and a chance to share experiences, hopes and aspirations for a new Sudan with like-minded peers. Anyone under 35 years old has only known life under the government led by President Omar Al-Bashir. The street protests against that government have become a new way of life, revolutionising Sudan’s youth culture and introducing new perspectives.

In the event of injury, medical care is available for those willing to risk being attacked with tear gas or even live ammunition by the security forces. “These days there’s a new sense of optimism,” explains school teacher Zakia Mohammed. “In staging these protests, in a peaceful way, young peoples’ attitudes towards authority and the awareness of the power of protest are making them more assertive, more demanding of political, economic and social change. They are certain that they will bring real change in Sudan and, more importantly, certain of bringing down the government.”

READ: Sudan’s protests may have slowed, but they have undoubtedly changed attitudes

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