Sudan: how Arab autocrats conspired to thwart reformists’ hopes

The counter-revolution said to be favoured by Arab autocrats may just have arrived

Simon Tisdall
Mon 3 Jun 2019

A protester in front of burning tyres and debris near Khartoum’s army headquarters. Photograph: AP

It is probably no coincidence that the sudden, violent crackdown on protesters in central Khartoum followed a series of meetings between the leaders of Sudan’s military junta and autocratic Arab regimes that are actively attempting to shape the country’s future.

Analysts say the rulers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, no friends to democratic governance, are acting in concert to thwart the aspirations of Sudan’s reform movement. All three tried to shore up Omar al-Bashir’s regime, and since he was toppled in April by popular protests they have conspired to foment a counter-revolution. This fateful turning point may now have arrived.

At least 30 Sudanese protesters feared killed as security forces attack Khartoum sit-in
For Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Khartoum violence brings back old memories. In 2013, Sisi, then an army general, led the assaults on pro-democracy demonstrators in Cairo’s public squares, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries.


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