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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:50 PM

From Sudan's protesters, a warning to Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Don't meddle

Source: Washington Post

From Sudan’s protesters, a warning to Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Don’t meddle

By Max Bearak and Kareem Fahim April 24 at 3:30 PM

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Amid the chants praising the “revolution of the people,” a new slogan appeared this week at a massive sit-in protest in Sudan’s capital: “We do not want Saudi aid even if we have to eat beans and falafel!”

The chant underscored the suspicion in the protest camp about the motives of Saudi Arabia and its close ally, the United Arab Emirates, after they jointly pledged $3 billion in aid to Sudan’s transitional military government, which deposed Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir this month after 30 years in power.

The protests, which have spread across the country to become the biggest in a generation, have continued to swell after his ouster, putting pressure on the military to swiftly transfer power to a civilian council until elections can be held.

But many within the protests fear that the powerful monarchies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE are using their immense wealth to suppress democracy and support a “counterrevolution,” as they have been accused of doing elsewhere in the region.

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