Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

Mandela’s ‘The Elders,’ join #BlueForSudan Twitter campaign

Even as talks between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, TMC; and protest leaders get restarted, reactions to developments in the country continue gain traction on social media. Amid the ongoings is a recent launch of #BlueForSudan campaign which calls on people to change their social media profile photos to plain blue as a sign of solidarity with pro-democracy forces. The campaign was started to honour one Mohammed Mattar who was one of the victims of the June 3 Khartoum massacre when security forces broke up the sit-in. The hashtag has since gained traction with people heeding and urging others to do same. In the midst of the push, ‘The Elders’ have waded into the campaign. “We are #BlueForSudan. The military must end the violence. The international community must do all it can to ensure a peaceful transition to civilian rule,” the group said in a tweet on Friday. The tweet was accompanied by a Nelson Mandela quote which read: “The real makers of history are the ordinary men and women…their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.” They also included a link to their June 7 statement titled: The Elders call on Egypt’s al-Sisi to uphold AU commitments on Sudan transition. The Elders are a group of independent global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. It was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007. We are #BlueForSudan. The military must end the violence. The international community must do all it can to ensure a peaceful transition to civilian rule.https://t.co/nJiA0mvXmv pic.twitter.com/QQ6NdnNOng— The Elders (@TheElders) June 14, 2019

Even as talks between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, TMC; and protest leaders get restarted, reactions to developments in the country continue gain traction on social media. Amid the ongoings is a recent launch of #BlueForSudan campaign which calls on people to change their social media profile photos to plain blue as a sign of solidarity with pro-democracy forces. The campaign was started to honour one Mohammed Mattar who was one of the victims of the June 3 Khartoum massacre when security forces broke up the sit-in. The hashtag has since gained traction with people heeding and urging others to do same. In the midst of the push, ‘The Elders’ have waded into the campaign. “We are #BlueForSudan. The military must end the violence. The international community must do all it can to ensure a peaceful transition to civilian rule,” the group said in a tweet on Friday. The tweet was accompanied by a Nelson Mandela quote which read: “The real makers of history are the ordinary men and women…their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.” They also included a link to their June 7 statement titled: The Elders call on Egypt’s al-Sisi to uphold AU commitments on Sudan transition. The Elders are a group of independent global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. It was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007. We are #BlueForSudan. The military must end the violence. The international community must do all it can to ensure a peaceful transition to civilian rule.https://t.co/nJiA0mvXmv pic.twitter.com/QQ6NdnNOng— The Elders (@TheElders) June 14, 2019

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