13 December 2016
Sudan’s President, Omar Al-Bashir, has warned that his regime will not be overthrown by “WhatsApp and Keyboard” activists.
Addressing his supporters on Monday in Kasala town in the eastern part of the country, President Omar said that the government is immune to civil disobedience actions and ‘WhatsApp activists’ and vowed to crack down on anti-government protesters.
“We want to tell them that if you want to overthrow the regime, then face us directly on the streets.
“I challenge you to come out onto the streets. But we know you will not come out because you know what had happened in the past”
“I will not hand over the country to activists who want to get at us with their keyboards and WhatsApp.”
Bashir’s warning came days after the opposition and activists in Sudan called for a two-day nationwide strike starting from December 19.
The strike is a renewed protest against subsidy cuts and austerity measures that led to soaring prices of most basic commodities.
In a similar protest in 2013, an unknown number of people estimated to be more than 200 were killed.
Sudanese authorities arrested dozens of activists and members of opposition parties during a three-day campaign for a general strike last month.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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