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Pop Superstar, Rihanna Backs Sudanese Protesters

Rihanna has backed Sudanese protesters calling for an end to military rule in the east African nation.

Sudan has been in turmoil since army officers ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April, after an uprising sparked the end of his nearly three decades in power.

Throughout last month, activists have staged protests demanding a transition to democratic, civilian rule, and Rihanna gave them her backing on Sunday.

Pop superstar Rihanna© Thomson Reuters Pop superstar Rihanna

“With more protests planned for today, June 30, I send my (heart emoji) and I pray for the safety of the Sudanese people. They have a right to speak out and demand peace, justice, and a transition to civilian rule,” the Umbrella hitmaker wrote on Instagram.

Seven people died and more than 180 injured following a crackdown on Sunday’s protests, according to Sudanese state media, the largest casualties since huge numbers of protesters were killed on 3 June.

Demanding Sudan’s military chiefs be brought to justice, the Bajan popstar added: “Over 100 were killed and hundreds more were wounded during the June 3rd protests. Military rulers need to be held accountable. Praying for no more killings or abuse today.”Slide 1 of 18: Alaa Salah, a Sudanese woman propelled to internet fame earlier this week after clips went viral of her leading powerful protest chants against President Omar al-Bashir, shakes hands with a protester during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 10, 2019. - In the clips and photos, the elegant Salah stands atop a car wearing a long white headscarf and skirt as she sings and works the crowd, her golden full-moon earings reflecting light from the fading sunset and a sea of camera phones surrounding her. Dubbed online as 'Kandaka', or Nubian queen, she has become a symbol of the protests which she says have traditionally had a female backbone in Sudan. (Photo by - / AFP)        (Photo credit should read -/)

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She previously tried to raise awareness of the problems in Sudan earlier last month, by telling her followers of the appalling treatment allegedly faced by opposition activists, including rape, and being made to drink sewage water.

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