June 18, 2019
Africa

Why social media is going blue for Sudan

This began afterMohamed Hashim Mattar, 26, was allegedly shot dead by the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces during a crackdown on protesters in the country's capital, Khartoum, on June 3.READ MORE: What's going on in Sudan and what the US is doing about it — explainedMattar's favorite color, blue, was used on all his social profiles, and his friends and family put up this color on their profiles to honor his death. It soon spread among social media users who used the color not only to honor Mattar but other martyrs of the Sudan uprising.Hashtags like #BlueForSudan have gained momentum on social media, with stars like Rihanna, putting up the color and using the hashtag to bring awareness to the situation in Sudan. Before ex-President Omar al-Bashir was deposed, Sudanese citizens took to the streets to conduct peaceful protests calling for the former President who had ruled for 30 years to step down. Although the military ousted him in April, the peaceful demonstrations didn't end. Protesters were upset because the military announced it would assume control for three years while overseeing a transitioRead More – Source

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