Mohammed Abdulrahman died from injuries sustained from police beating during the protests on Sunday in Khartoum. Abdulrahman, a student at Ahlia University, has been called a martyr and compared to al-Gorashy, the student that died in the October 1964 uprising. My thoughts are with his family and friends; both Ahlia and Omdurman Universities have been closed today.
Laura Mann has made an ushahidi SMS protest map here; an update on what digital organisation is happening can be found here. So far this is probably the best and shortest summary of events yesterday, although the figures for arrests vary.
The police seem to have been particularly proactive, as they basically stormed six universities and didn’t let 300 students out of Khartoum University. This tallies with some personal reports on Facebook saying that there were very few people on the streets, and most of the YouTube videos show people in front of university gates. People on Facebook are complaining about the lack of organisation, but in the face of a media blackout and suspension of internet access over the weekend, as well as a huge preemptive police operation, it looked pretty frightening to start with. There are various numbers going around about how many people are still in detention, including two sons of al-Fadil, an opposition politician, and the government has been blocking the independent radio and newspapers in the North today.
So far Yassir Arman has been the only major politician to speak about Abdulrahman’s death, and against police brutality. Taha has said that the demonstrations were allowed, while this has been contradicted by other unnamed NCP officials, but the only major NCP comment is from Obeid here, who says that the Sudanese protests won’t amount to anything as Bashir is democratically elected and there is popular involvement in Sudanese politics.
The site for the next protests (1 February?) is here.