In a cafe in Sudan’s capital, a group of young men sit on mobile phones to circumvent the Internet blackout imposed by military rulers.
“It seems that we are back in time – we are all isolated from everything, even the outer world,” said 25-year-old Mohammed Umar, with his friends in the cafe in the upscale neighborhood of Khartoum Were sitting on the table.
“The internet is one that allows us to know what is happening inside and outside the country.”
Since the violent dispersal of protest camp outside army headquarters on June 3, the internet has been disconnected on mobile phones and fixed-line connections in Sudan, causing the score to be dead and hundreds injured.
According to users, the ruling military zumba introduced a blackout to prevent the mob of protesters.
“He cut the internet so that people can not communicate to stop them from gathering,” said Umar, who regularly rocked Khatoum for months.
Due to early protests, the prices of roti rose three times in December and on 11 April the cause of the fall of President Omar al-Bashir.
But the protesters did not stop there, demanded the movement of military jute which seized power to hand over the civil rule.
Even routine activities like checking social media or booking a taxi through online application is almost impossible.
“My parents live abroad, and the internet was the only means of our communication,” said Umar, wearing an elegant suede jacket and elegant gray jacket.
“Earlier, we could see each other through video, and now I have to make an international call.”
In the coffee shop, some were sitting around the wooden table while others wrote on their phone and surfed on their laptop.
Here, the price of the internet is 50 Sudanese pounds, almost one dollar.
Normally in Sudan, the internet can now be accessed only through landline or fiber optic cables, and the connection is irregular.
In a shopping mall in Khartoum, customers steal many cell phone shops and e-cafes, which provide rare access.
At the entrance of the shops, the eyes of men and women – sitting or standing or tilted on the walls – their eyes were fixed on their mobile phones.
Major opposition leader Mohammed Nazi Assam told reporters this week, “Cutting the Internet is one of the means of widening the gap between the military council (demonstration movement) and people.”
The impact of blackout took place on Tuesday night when some people came out on the streets, even when opposition leaders called for new night shows.
Human Rights Watch criticized opacity as a “gross violation.”
In the June 12 report, the rights group said, “Governments, who try to suppress peaceful political dissent, have cut off access to the Internet in many cases during the time of political sensitivity and crisis.”
For the generals, the Internet and social media are a threat.
“As far as social media is concerned, during this period we see it as a threat to the security of the country and we will not talk to the reporters last week,” Military spokesman General Shamsuddin Kababashi said.
On Wednesday, officials banned the Consumer Protection Society from organizing a press conference on the blackout of the Internet.
People still communicate
The companies which have faced the shortage of power are struggling to keep their services running.
Kamal, an employee of an international travel agency, said that his company – which regularly arranges tickets for the embassies and United Nations agencies – has to make a booking through phone calls and text messages because it is the Internet Can not use.
Through Sudan, the Internet can now be accessed only through landline or fiber optic cables, and communication is irregular.
“We receive calls from our customers and then we call our back office in Nairobi,” he said, “who book tickets and send us a ticket number.”
“We send ticket numbers to the customer, who then goes to the airport to take boarding passes from the airport center.”
“If the card needs to be modified, we are used to do this with our system … but now we have to send people to the airline office.”
After the launch of a Civil Disobedience Movement after protesters protested by the demonstrators, other Sudanese travel agencies have been closed for several days this month.
“First, four, five, six or seven tickets could be booked in one day, but now it takes only four days to book one ticket,” said Hewm, who closed his agency during the insurance campaign.
The main factor was its “very poor” internet connection in the office.
He said that the blackness imposed by the generals “to end the revolution.”