Sudan shuts Internet services ahead of mass protests

Sudan shuts Internet services ahead of mass protests

Sudan has cut Internet services in the capital Khartoum ahead of pro-democracy protests that come months after web access had been blocked in the lead up to rallies.

This comes eight months after the authorities shut down the internet to quell protests after military leaders toppled the transitional government in a coup, triggering mass rallies.

After the military takeover, there were extended internet blackouts in an apparent effort to hamper the protest movement.

This week’s protests mark the third anniversary of huge demonstrations during the 2019 uprising that overthrew long-time autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir and led to a power-sharing arrangement between civilian groups and the military.

Staff at Sudan’s two private sector telecoms companies, speaking on condition of anonymity, said authorities had ordered them to shut down the internet once again on Thursday.

Security forces also closed bridges over the Nile between Khartoum and its twin cities of Omdurman and Bahri, another step taken on big protest days to limit the movement of marchers.