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Local Residents "Stand With Sudan"

June 18, 2019 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- More than 100 people made their way to Peace Plaza Tuesday afternoon to “Stand with Sudan” and bring awareness to what’s happening in the country.

In December 2018, after 30 years in power, Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir was overthrown.

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A civilian government was supposed to take his place, but the Sudanese military has seized power.

In recent weeks there have been violent attacks on civilians protesting the government, leaving hundreds dead.

Khansaa Maar, one of the rally’s organizers, said she, like so many others in the Rochester Sudanese community, is worried about loved ones back home.

“We all feel the same. You don’t know if the next phone call’s going to get you news about somebody died, or somebody dying, or somebody went missing and a week later you find them floating in the River Nile, you know? It’s like we all have our hands on our hearts, just waiting,” Maar said.

Another community activist, Suad Abdelaziz, said seeing so many young people getting involved in the protests, both locally and in Sudan, has been inspiring.

“The thing that gives me hope through it all is that this is a youth-led and youth-organized protest; that this is really a movement by and for the new generation of Sudan, and they’re demanding that equality and justice be had,” Abdelaziz said.

The rally comes more than a week after the Sudanese government shut down the country’s access to internet, causing a blackout that’s made getting information in and out of the country extremely difficult.

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