New Yorker | The Historical Precedents of the Current Uprising in Sudan

In October, 1964, Abdullahi Ibrahim, a member of the University of Khartoum’s student union, was taking notes for a symposium held in protest of the military dictatorship when he became an inadvertent chronicler of a defining moment in Sudan’s post-independence history. Police, sent in to break up the symposium, shot Ahmad al-Qurashi, another student activist, in the head. The next day, tens of thousands of people turned out for Qurashi’s funeral procession, fuelling an uprising that coalesced around students and the professional unions. A general strike paralyzed the country a few days later. In what is popularly 

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