Sudanese women, who led the way in protests against the country’s government, are celebrating in victory after the military toppled President Omar al-Bashir’s 30 year rule of the nation on April 11.
The protests first erupted in December after an increase in bread prices, according to BBC News.
Women have made international headlines as the forefront of the demonstrations. Local photographer Lana Haroun’s picture of 22-year-old Alaa Salah, chanting in robes of white and moon-shaped earrings has gone viral on social media as an symbol of the movement. In a Twitter video showing Salah addressing protestors from on top of a car, cries of “revolution” can be heard.
Sudan has been a region of instability with al-Bashir first coming into power during a 21 year civil war, as reported by StepFeed. According to EuroNews, he was later accused by the International Criminal Court of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in the ongoing Darfur conflict in the eastern part of the country.
While protestors have been joyous after the news of al-Bashir’s oustment, they also demand civilian rule, announcing plans to take over the military’s command of the country, as stated by Al Jazeera.