The generals are turning the country into a powder keg, and stability in the Middle East and East Africa is on the brink
The Independent Voices
If you want to understand what’s going on in Sudan today, it’s worth imagining the same events on home turf. So let’s pretend for a moment that London is Khartoum, Europe is the Middle East, and that extraordinary things are unfolding on your doorstep.
A major protest is taking place in Westminster. People are asking for change. A change to social and political systems, and reform of the NHS. The British government, now run by army generals, agents from MI5 and MI6 and by police chiefs, is refusing to give in to the demands.
Instead, the government holds its ground on fundamental principles they believe in. Those fundamental principles appear to include military rule, of course, and so the generals (and spies) start to think about storming the protest, which has now become a tens-of-thousand-strong sit-in in Parliament Square.
In our imaginary scenario, governments in Berlin, Paris and Rome back the generals in London. They fear that if the classic western system changes in the UK, it will break up the post-Second World War order of things in Europe. If successful, the new system desired by the British protesters will come to haunt them too.
There is danger in the air. Discussions on using violence against peaceful protests are escalating.