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Sudanese Protesters Continue Civil Disobedience Campaign as Death Toll Rises to 118

Opposition groups have encouraged protesters to not go to work as a call for a civil state in Sudan.

Sudanese protesters continue to fight for civil rule by enacting a civil disobedience campaign Sunday, The New York Times reports.

Dissenters have been encouraged to not go to work as a call for a civil state. Khartoum and other major cities have been at a standstill with deserted streets and closed shops. Security forces are reported to have killed four more protesters, raising to death toll to 118 following the violent crackdown by the Rapid Support Forces last week, CNN adds.


The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), say in a statement that the campaign will end when the ruling generals "transfer power to a civil transitional authority in accordance with the Declaration of Freedom and Change."

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors say eight hospitals have been completely shut down by the military, making it close to impossible to treat the injured. The SPA had called for medical professionals to be exempted from the strikes in lieu of the shutdown.

Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan, aka Hemeti, is the leader of the Rapid Support Forces despite the paramilitary group's former leader being Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Hemeti is essentially the center of the terror brought upon the protesters, as his iron fist is the main legacy of the al-Bashir era, activist Reem Abbas tells CNN in a video interview.

"This is the legacy of his era—militias that are uncontrollable, using the same tactics they've used in Darfur and [in] other parts of Sudan," Abbas adds. "People are still hopeful—they still feel they have not defeated. They have been protesting even though the RSF militias are roaming the streets.

As protesters endure an internet blackout on the ground, Sudanese organizers in the diaspora continue to raise awareness. A community-based action meeting is due to be held at The Africa Center in Harlem Monday, "to inform, support and heal in light of the recent events in Sudan." Click here for more information.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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