Sudan cuts Internet and keeps the population disconnected

The protests in early June led the security forces to suspend the Internet connection, which prevents more than one million people from hearing the news, working or communicating with their families

Several protests against the current government of Sudan occurred at the beginning of June. As a consequence, security forces dispersed the citizens who launched slogans in the streets and the government suspended the Internet connection after arguing that the protest groups had been organized through social networks.

Undoubtedly, the Internet is seen by the African country as a threat to the government, for which up to now more than one million people are disconnected from the network. An exception is the case of a lawyer who filed his case with the state telecommunications authority and managed to recover the use of the Internet after three weeks of blockade.

Beyond this exception, with only one citizen authorized to connect to the Internet, the government keeps access cut off. This Tuesday and Wednesday the court met to study the possibility of restoring service to the population this weekend.

Meanwhile, affected people are unable to work, do paperwork, know the news or communicate with their families. From the capital, Khartoum, it has been reported that the telecommunications company “did not provide written orders to disconnect the Internet” and that those involved only seek to avoid responsibility.

Spokespeople from the government of Sudan indicated that Internet access is “a danger to national security” and declared that the protest groups were organized through social networks.



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