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This was a coup against the revolution, not Bashir

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They wanted to abort the revolution that they could not kill, in spite of the killings and arrests. Just as the Egyptian defence minister, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawy, removed Hosni Mubarak as head of the Egyptian government and handed control over to the army, the Sudanese defence minister, Awad Ibn Auf, did the same and removed Omar Bashir as head of state.

Sudan’s revolution is following in the path of the Egyptian revolution, although the Sudanese experience combines that of Egypt’s January 2011 Revolution and the blood-stained June 2013 counter-revolution. The Sudanese Military Council announced through the defence minister a state of emergency and imposed a curfew from 10 pm to 4 am. This was a combination of the speeches made in Egypt on 11 February 2011 and 3 July 2013.

The minister also said that the Military Council will govern the country for two years, implying that the sit-ins would be dispersed and the protestors will go home. It is as if they are telling the protestors that their demands have been met by the removal of the man you demanded step down, President Omar Al-Bashir, and there is no longer a need for you to be on the streets.

However, the intelligent and vigilant Sudanese people know this game and learnt from the Egyptian revolution. The removal of the tyrant did not pacify them, as it did the Egyptians who left the squares and returned to their homes, after which plots were hatched against them. Instead, the Sudanese people remained in the squares and chanted, “Either victory or Egypt!”

The Egyptian revolution was a dream for every Arab nation and........

© Middle East Monitor