The woman behind the fall of Sudanese President al-Bashir

Alaa Salah has probably earned her place in the history books after leading protests that saw long serving Sudanese President al-Bashir forced out of power.

Pictures of Alaa Salah have now flooded social media platform as people from across the world celebrated this newly identified female hero.

Popularly known as “Kandaka” or Nubian queen, Alaa Salah became the symbol of the protests which saw the army step in leading to the house arrest of the former dictator and rule of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir.

Alaa Salah said she was driven by the historical fact that revolutions in Sudan have traditionally had a female backbone.

The woman behind the fall of Sudanese President al-Bashir
The woman behind the fall of Sudanese President al-Bashir

Speaking on her Twitter account she thanked everyone “from the bottom of my heart. The struggle for a democratic and prosperous Sudan continues”.’

Sudan is for all’ – she said

In another tweet Wednesday she said she “wanted to get on the car and speak to the people… speak against racism and tribalism in all its forms, which affects everyone across all walks of life.

“I wanted to speak on behalf of the youth. I wanted to come out and say that Sudan is for all.”

Supporters celebrated the young protest leader across social media networks, calling her a “hero” and an “icon”.

“This image from Sudan will be in the history books,” wrote one user.
But late on Wednesday she tweeted that she had been receiving “death threats” after her footage went viral.

“I will not bow down. My voice can not be suppressed,” Salah wrote.
Demonstrators have been camped outside the military complex for days asking the army to back them in demands that Bashir step down.

Women have made up a large part of the demonstrators that since Saturday have thronged outside the sprawling army complex.

Braving regular volleys of tear gas, the crowds have been the biggest yet to rally against Bashir’s rule since unrest broke out in late December.

“In such movements, women are widely participating not only for their rights but for the rights of the entire community… there’s no difference between women’s rights and community rights,” Alaa Salah said.


“Women of Sudan always encourage their youths to fight. This is part of the history of Kandaka,” she added.

Salah said she has taken part in the protests since they first erupted on December 19 in response to a government decision to triple the price of bread.

The unrest quickly morphed into a nationwide campaign against Bashir’s rule with rallies held across cities, towns and villages.
The longtime leader has remained defiant and imposed a slew of tough measures including a state of emergency across the country.
Officials say 49 people have died in protest-related violence so far.

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