How the price of bread changed the politics of a nation.
Monday 15th April 2019 | Grace
After almost 4 months of protests in the country of Sudan, 30 year ruler, President Omar al-Bashir has been overthrown and is now, at long last, facing arrest for war crimes. At the same time, just 1 day after becoming leader of a nation in turmoil, the head of the military has also resigned from his position whilst the country is under a coup.
So, what has been happening in the country that has resulted in the ousting of a leader that has been around since the late 80's? Late last year, in an attempt to save money after years of sanctions from the US, the government of Sudan, led by President Bashir, tripled the price of bread and raised the price of fuel. This made everyday life a struggle for so many, bringing on protests as an act against austerity. However, as word spread, the demonstrations continued to grow and became more about overthrowing a repressive leader and changing the attitude towards women in the country.
What’s worse through, and what has brought about the arrest warrant for the ex-president, is that he is thought to have been one of the worst presidents in history for the war crimes he committed and the treatment of his people. Not only did he make himself president after rising through the ranks of the military, al-Bashir is thought to have committed genocide and also started 2 civil wars. However, despite attempts for his arrest previously, there has never been a sufficient amount of evidence against him.
After the president stepped down, the military stepped up, but the Sudanese people were still unhappy with this decision and so, despite 13 people reportedly being killed in attacks on demonstrators, thousands continue to protest as the country is controlled by a temporary military ruler.