Protests In Sudan | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix


Now look, I know there’s
a ton of terrible shit going on in the world every day. Which is why tonight, I want to talk
about something more lighthearted: Sudan. Now you probably know Sudan best
for two things: the genocide in Darfur
and white savior movies. You must be the guys from Somalia, -Senegal?
-Sudan. We’re here to make a difference,
we can save these people. That’s the orphanage that I’m gonna
build in Sudan. Helping you kids is about the only
good thing I’ve ever done in this life. You got no idea what I’m saying, do you? Gerard Butler’s like,
“I wish you knew English so you could… hear me whitewash your story. Don’t you know
this whole story is about me?” The kid’s like,
“What the fuck is wrong with you?” Now, as much as I’d like to spend the rest
of the episode discussing the nuances
of Machine Gun Preacher, we have to talk about Sudan because right now,
the country is descending into chaos. “Gunfire, panic, and chaos
penetrate the streets of the Sudanese capital.” “Thousands were killed and injured
in hours of violence. It saw troops open fire
on unarmed demonstrators.” “A witness tells CNN, paramilitaries and secret police
laid siege to the protest using whips, tear gas, and snipers.” Just this week, Sudan security forces
opened fire on protesters in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. At least 100 people are believed
to have been killed, and the numbers keep climbing. Right now the military is cracking down on
a massive movement calling for democracy. “This was the scene just over
a week ago. Thousands of demonstrators
felt comfortable enough to gather here every day
to call for democracy in a country which has seen nothing like it
for three decades. Today, it’s the demonstrators
who’ve been removed.” This is a critical moment for Sudan. This is a country
with major geopolitical significance, and what happens in the coming weeks will set the course
for an entire generation. Just a few months ago,
things looked so good in Sudan because those same protesters managed
to help topple a dictator who had ruled Sudan for decades. After 30 years in power,
President Omar al-Bashir has been forced out of power
by the country’s military. Thousands of people
were marching toward the military headquarters chanting, “He is a coward, and he has fallen.” Bashir was in power since 1989. That’s a full Taylor Swift ago. Yeah, it was a very different kind
of “bad blood.” It broke the Geneva Convention. Thirty years of Bashir. That’s a long time.
Sudan has only been a country for 63. It gained independence in 1956. “The world has gained a new nation. The Sudan, for 58 years under
the joint rule of Britain and Egypt, becomes an independent republic. And the new flag is hoisted. Blue for the Nile, yellow for the desert,
green for agriculture.” I love how old school newsreels always had those massive orchestras
playing underneath. Why don’t we still do that? “There’s a new, sobering assessment
of how Kim is moving ahead with his nuclear weapons program. South Korea’s intelligence community
estimates North Korea may have as many as 60 nuclear warheads.” See, that’s way more suspenseful! Can’t you just, like, hear the orchestra? It’s like, “Who will emerge a hero? Will young Jong Un ever find love? Tune in next week on CNN.” You’re like, “I gotta watch this.” Now look, I know coups in Africa are like trailers
for Marvel movies. It just comes up and you’re like,
“Another one? Do I really have to watch this?
There’s gonna be another one next Friday.” But when the coup
in Sudan happened this April, the people were euphoric, because life under Omar al-Bashir
was awful. During his reign, Bashir enacted
a strict form of Sharia law. He locked up thousands
of political dissidents and carried out the ethnic cleansing
of non-Arabs in Darfur. Yeah, Darfur also happened under Bashir. “His militias scorched earth
and massacred his enemies. Hundreds of thousands died
and suffered from famine. He was indicted for war crimes,
crimes against humanity, and genocide. And in the 1990s,
he hosted Osama bin Laden.” Whoa, whoa, hey. You can’t just throw Bin Laden in
at the end like that. He’s not a Snapple fact. He’s like, “Whoa! Bin Laden and Bashir went
to San Diego State together? Cool!” Now, here’s the sickest part. Bashir did all of this
while dancing like Sudanese Ellen. Why does all Arab dancing
involve a sword or a cane? What is that? If you’re gonna shake around
a dangerous object, it’s supposed to be that ass. I mean, look at him. Juvenile would be proud.
He’s backing that ass up. You gotta admit, Bashir’s thick. Now on top of Bashir’s brutality… Sudan’s economy was also collapsing, and all of this is what sparked
the pro-democracy movement, which was spearheaded
by an organization called the Sudanese Professionals Association
or SPA, a group led by doctors and local unions. Now, that’s insane to me
because I know so many doctors. Like, if you came up to me and you’re like,
“The doctors are starting a revolution.” I’d be like, “Karan’s revolting?” He can’t even talk back to his parents. How is he gonna stand up
to the military? Like, you’re a Karan. Like, look, I know you have earrings,
but that’s the most bad-ass thing… you’ve probably ever done. They’re like, “All right, Karan.
We stop with the earrings. That’s it.” And you’re like, “All right, Umi.” This is an incredibly diverse group
of protesters. Sudan is made up of lots of ethnic groups. Historically, Bashir maintained power
by oppressing the country’s minorities. That way, his majority-era population
stayed in control, but part of what makes
these protests remarkable… is that Sudanese people
from all of these groups, including the Arab majority, came together to overthrow Bashir, and most of these people
are incredibly young. 63% of Sudan is under the age of 25. 43% is under 15. Sudan’s flag should just just be
three fidget spinners and one of those S’s
from your algebra homework. You know the S stood for Sudan
the whole time. Did you draw that S? Yeah. It’s for Sudan, bro. The protesters understood from day one
what they were up against. They’ve seen a failed uprising. They’ve chanted “Victory, or Egypt,”
which isn’t just regional shit talk. Egypt went through a revolution in 2011. Egyptians replaced their longtime dictator
Hosni Mubarak with a democracy that elected
the Muslim Brotherhood for a year before it was overthrown
by a balder, shinier dictator Sisi. You know what lasted longer
than democracy in Egypt? Kevin Can Wait, okay? CBS gave that shit two seasons,
the Muslim Brotherhood lasted one. Sudanese protesters don’t want
to be Egypt. After Bashir fell, the military stepped in
to run the transitional government. They’re the ones responsible
for the killings this week. But the SPA is fighting back, and they’re relying on strength
in numbers. They’ve called for civil disobedience
and a nationwide strike to paralyze public life, and they’re refusing to budge
from their fundamental demands. Civilian government,
an end to the brutal militias, and the empowerment of women. Before mass violence broke out,
women were a huge part of this movement. “One of the most striking things
about the wave of protests that have swept Sudan since last December is the huge number of women
in frontline roles.” “‘Tir tir ya Bahshir,’ yells
this grandmother as he speeds past. It seems people are becoming braver
in voicing their discontent.” I love that grandma. She’s just like,
“Sometimes you gotta flex on a bitch.” She’s saying that to his car. What do you think she’s saying
in the privacy of home? Now, Sudan is a place where women
have faced decades of oppression with virtually no legal protections,
but despite that, women are coming out in droves,
women like Marine Alneel. She’s a Sudanese National
who lives in New York and has been part of the protest in Sudan. I spoke to her last month
before this week’s violence. Now, even though her stories were intense, she was still hopeful. Now, you were in Khartoum marching
in December. What was it like? Since the protests became more
and more frequent, it became part of what
the young people would talk about if they are in a cafe
or if they are just chilling somewhere. Hanging out with friends and you’re like,
“What were you doing at the last protest?” Yes, people would share the tricks.
What do you use for tear gas? -Do you guys have protest life hacks?
-Yeah. Before December, most people thought
that Pepsi is the best. You’d be like, “You gotta use Pepsi.” Not anymore.
Now we know that Pepsi is not the best. -What is the best?
-Yeast water. So you put some yeast and water
in a spray can and then, like, you spray it on your face
when you’re faced by tear gas, and that helps. The life hacks I’ve learned on Facebook
are if you eat a banana upside down, the bottom part of the banana
can be used as a handle. I know that if you put a hair clip
on the bottom of your toothpaste and you squeeze it and you roll it, you can get all the toothpaste out
of the tube. That would have been helpful in prison. – ‘Cause you’ve been to prison.
-Yeah. I would never survive a revolution. Like, everyone’s running from tear gas
and I’m like, “Guys, if you put ice cubes in the dryer,
your clothes won’t wrinkle.” For several months… protesters like Marine Alneel
were optimistic about negotiations with the military,
but recently things fell apart. And it shouldn’t be a surprise
since the country is run by this guy, General Abdel Fattah Burhan. “Burhan was sworn in on Saturday.
He was the military’s number three.” “On the plus side,
the new chief Abdel Fattah Burhan is not wanted for war crimes.” That’s how low the bar is
for running Sudan. There’s just one question on the form. “Have you done genocide before?” And if you answer “no” you’re hired. But Burhan is just a pretty face, okay? Don’t, don’t get mesmerized
by the mustache and the eyes. Many people believe that the man
who’s actually pulling the strings is his second in command,
a general known as “Hemedti.” This guy is a fucking super-villain. For years, he commanded the notorious
militia known as the Janjaweed, which oversaw the genocide in Darfur. “The Janjaweed,
which translates as ‘Devils on Horseback,’ were militias drawn from
the nomadic Arab tribes in the region. The Khartoum government
armed the Janjaweed, provided them air support, and unleashed them on the rebels
and black civilian farmers in Darfur.” Under Hemedti, the Janjaweed murdered hundreds
of thousands of minority Darfuris. So how do you think he feels
about the protesters? “He was filmed making
a veiled threat to protesters who want to see civilian rule.” “We must firmly stand up
to the ongoing chaos and build a true state.” Do we not have a big base? Let anyone here
who has a bigger base raise his hand. If anyone here has a bigger base,
raise your hand. Whoever says that is speaking nonsense. All right, we get it, bro.
You have a huge base. He’s like, “My base is the biggest.”
We’re like, “Yeah. Oh, my God. It’s the biggest base I’ve ever seen.” Doesn’t he realize
Sudanese people are just faking it? Now, Hemedti may be the largest obstacle
to meaningful change in Sudan right now. He’s a holdover from Bashir, his forces opened fire
on protesters this week. Oh, and by the way,
he’s very cozy with Saudi Arabia. “In his first official visit abroad
since the fall of Bashir, the vice president
of the transitional military council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo arrives
in Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the visit is to discuss
collaboration between the two countries, given the current situation in Sudan.” “Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates said they’re sending $3 billion worth
of aid to the interim-ruling military council.” Propping up the military government
is just the latest collab between Saudi Arabia and Hemedti. Sudan has strategic importance
for Saudi Arabia. Now, although the Saudis deny it,
Hemedti reportedly supplied them with thousands of child soldiers
to fight the war in Yemen. By the way, Sudan has access to the Red Sea, a route where one-tenth
of the world’s crude oil is shipped. Now, normally when someone says
the words “oil” and “access” back-to-back, America gets horny. Like, our bases get very excited. But America is pretty much M.I.A.
from the region. The United States will no longer provide
indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent. Our goal is for the nations of the region
to take ownership over peace and security in their own neighborhood. Okay, John Bolton, A.K.A, evil Ned Flanders,
is basically saying America wants nothing to do with Sudan. We don’t even have an ambassador there. And George Clooney doesn’t count, okay? Instead, we have this guy. He sounds like a four-year-old
reciting the Koran. Like, I feel like my dad
is about to hit him with a ruler. He’s like, “Bismillah-ir-Rahman–” That constipated Chili’s manager
is Steven Koutsis. This dude is our highest ranking
representative in Sudan. By the way, I don’t understand
why he’s so scared. He’s filming the video, not ISIS. You can literally see the reflection
of the guy holding the script, meanwhile they’re being watched
by the most judgmental painting in the history of art. She’s just looking at him like,
“How the fuck did you get this job?” Now, America may be phoning it in, but the European Union
is heavily involved in Sudan. But only out of self-interest. Sudan is a huge hub for migrants. At the peak of the migrant crisis,
Sudan had around four million refugees and displaced people trying
to get to Europe. That’s why the EU started
something called the Khartoum Process. They say it’s supposed to make
migration routes safer, but in reality, the EU pays millions in aid to African governments
and nonprofits to keep Africans in Africa. They’re basically like,
“Okay, here’s some money, stay in Africa, don’t ever come to Europe.” Now, here’s the thing, in the case of Sudan,
that charity money from the EU ends up in the hands of border control, which includes the Rapid Support Forces
or the RSF. And guess who leads the RSF? Mr. Big Bases himself, Hemedti. “International human rights groups
accuse the RSF of abusing refugees and forcibly returning them
to their home countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea, in violation
of international refugee laws.” These people are trying to reach Europe. So we are assisting Europe. Assisting? He’s talking about abusing refugees
like he’s doing Europe’s laundry. Hemedti’s like, “What? I’m just separating
the colors from the whites. I’m just trying to help.” In fact, RSF is just a re-branding
of the Janjaweed. It’s like when IHOP changed their name
to IHOB. Remember that? They’re like, “We’re IHOB now.”
It was fucking stupid. That didn’t just magically make them
a burger place. Just like the Janjaweed being called
the RSF didn’t magically make them
stop slaughtering people. The situation in Sudan keeps changing. It’s actually changed so much, I had to sit down with Marine Alneel again to find out more about the current state
of the protesters. Now, she got back from Sudan
just days before the violence broke out. What is the reality on the ground
right now for the protesters? What we’re seeing now
is the beginning of a massacre. We’re seeing the Janjaweed,
their rapid support forces killing, random shootings, systematic raping. What has the reaction been
from the international community? The UN Security Council is… -discussing it, but–
-What do you mean “discuss”? -They’re just having a meeting?
-Yeah. What is that– Wait. They’re just like, “Let me
just put something on the Google Cal. We’ll figure it out”? Yeah, it always seems like
Sudan is something that you can… postpone. How do you think they should react? At the very least,
there should be strong condemnation for the support that Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
and UAE is giving to the military council. Okay, I mean, you know in America,
they’re not gonna denounce Saudi Arabia. Yeah. By the time you see this, the death toll will be even higher. Khartoum is on lockdown, and the RSF continues to kill
and attack peaceful protesters. Fair elections seem impossible
in this moment, but somehow the protesters
have not lost their resolve. Is there hope for democracy in Sudan? It’s difficult to be hopeful
when you’re seeing this level of violence, but at the same time,
it’s amazing to see how… defiant and committed people are
to that, even though it might take a long time, and more lives might be lost in the way, but there will be… a peaceful transition
to a civilian government. So you feel like, no matter what, you guys just gotta go the distance,
there is no going back. We’ve come so far. We did. We’re– we can’t lose
all that we’ve gained already. Here’s the reality for the protesters. Their country is caught
between the promise of democracy and the threat
of brutal military dictatorship. But for the first time in 30 years,
Sudan is united. And you know what?
Hemedti should be terrified, because deep down, he knows that’s
the biggest base he’s ever seen.

100 thoughts on “Protests In Sudan | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

  1. Thanks for laughing it all of. I think that's how you get rid of the guilt of seeing people die and then staying quiet about it

  2. Thank you Hassan for highlighting somaliland map out of that dictatorship countries. And i hope Sudan to find a peace and democracy and again thanks for speaking Sudan.

  3. The revolution is justified but I fear US/Israelis/Saudis will hijack it (as they usually do) and install another dictator friendly to their interests and detrimental to the people.

    I love Hassan to death I just hope he is not being used as a mouthpiece for empire… sad 😞

  4. Works of the cia,british intel. They have no love for Jesus,unholy trinity .London,Washington D C,Vatican City

  5. The problem is arab/african dictators are worst than Stalin and hitler in their oppression.
    And no one cares about us because sugar daddy Saudi arabia pays anyone to hush up to win more support against their regional proxy with Iran

  6. Hasan: has made episodes condemning two authoritarian predominantly-Muslim countries

    BJP-supporting Indians: That does not matter. Hasan still makes fun of the BJP. He is still a Muslim extremist to us.

  7. Man, your show is really great! Wish you would do a show about what's happening in Honduras and how the US Government is supporting it. I'm pretty sure your research team can find more info but just to give you a head start: The current president, whose brother is in prison for drug trafficking in the US, stole the elections 2 years ago with the support of the US Government. For 2 years people have been protesting on the streets but apparently, none of that gets to the international news (only the migrants' caravan does). And now, since the US is apparently planning/supporting a coup in Venezuela they are using Honduras as a platform for their military force and therefore keep supporting the dictator in power.

  8. Thank you for sharing this. I really really hope and pray that brothers and sisters of Sudan find peace and much needed happiness. Sometimes I wish I could really do something that can be helpful to people you cannot see and meet. I pray they find what they are seeking in their lives. God bless. Thanks again. 💐🙏

  9. Ouaou man…thank you! It’s so important everyone understand his part in the crime….talking as a European who listens to most popular parties here promising closed borders to get elected!

  10. Dear Hasan. When Patriot Act returns in August, please make an update about Brazil. President Bolsonaro will be in Osaka for G20 summit. As usual, he is beefing with Germany's Prime Minister Angela Merkel due to his policies regarding Amazon Forest. Deep cut: he intends to meet fine people like Mohammed Bin Salman, Modi, Xi Ji Ping and Ramaphosa during his trip. Greetings from a brazilian fan.

  11. How is KSA always hand in glove with brutal dictators! How does the western leadership see this and not act in the name of humanity! No they just up the ante!

  12. Please talk about the persecution of muslims in China. It's degrading that no one is talking about it😣😣

  13. " he sounds like a four year old reciting Quran"
    Lol😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  14. Celebrities acting like they give damn to get clout and more influence over unmature minds.

  15. Saudia arabias king is using sudan to fight fir there war between yemen and they tell them i will give you many but they lie and the sudan people die so there scared if we get other persistent madania which is the persistent that will fuw sudan and make us the richest country but are people are STRONG KIND AND LOYAL not the police became bad they want hemeti so when we see them we run we shout there hear because they torture us they tie are legs with a brick and throw us in the ocean for 3 days and do other bad things so pray for sudan

  16. If they'd never took Africans out if Africa, we would've never left our continent. We would've been the force that we were always supposed to be.

  17. Could you please look into Mauritania? The government stole the presidential election yet again for the black people and now they're killing our people.

  18. https://youtu.be/vLjwpkoAJX4 Trailer for "Attack on Darfur" (2009) is an excellent depiction of what Hasan is trying to convey about the opposition to democracy in Sudan. Warning – traumatic, you can't un-see it content. The actual survivors of the genocide reenacted their own mutilations, rapes and live burning of their own children BECAUSE they thought if the world only knew… it would stop.

    I bought the DVD and without exception, everyone who watched it screamed, covered their eyes and cried, including me. Ten years later, how can this still be true?

    Worth noting, al-Bashir's replacement is parroting the trump rhetoric attack on refuge seekers in the U.S..

  19. May Allah support and gave victory to the Sudanese People.
    Long live Islam!
    Long live Sudan🇸🇩🇸🇩
    Long live West Africa🇸🇳🇸🇳🇲🇱🇲🇱🇳🇬🇳🇬🇬🇳🇨🇮🇨🇮
    Africa liberated from alien tyranny.
    Thanks to the bright Hassan!

  20. Hassan ive been a fan since forever and now watching you support my country is an overwhelming feeling, will forever be appreciated by each and every one sudanese ✌🏻❤️

  21. Democracy only works when people are educated enough to vote for the right person!!! Look at the US .. they elected the best person for the job???! Using democracy!! What Sudan needs to fight for is education not democracy… with proper education will come peace and prosperity … if the majority is stupid they will elect a stupid leader as well… lol .. again look at the US elections loool

  22. So much love from Sudan, We promise to keep fighting until we Get our country back. Thank you from the heart for your support.

  23. All my best hopes and wishes to Sudan from Australia, her people deserve democracy! 🇸🇩🇦🇺
    If the protests succeed the UN needs to do everything in it's power to maintain the peace and fair elections, and to prosecute those responsible for war crimes.

  24. Hi hasan, the internet just got back yesterday here in sudan so l'm seeing this for the first time and I'd like to say thank you man, for raising awareness and for doing your homework pretty well
    Thank you man ✌

  25. JanJaweed are know running Sudan, thanks to our Allies Saudi, UAE, and Egypt, along with plenty more under the table.

  26. Hasan pisses me off when he goes for the low hanging comedy fruit. He starts off with White Savior jokes. Then @13:10 when a white person is speaking poorly in the country's native language, Hasan makes fun of him. Instead of saying the US should have sent someone who spoke the language fluently, Hasan insults someone just for trying. This time "Brown in Town" stands for a POS.

  27. I genuinely had an argument yesterday with an older white woman about this issue. She was adamant that the plight of women in the West is on par with the Sudanese fight for democratic freedom…

  28. I do agree with helping sudan but letting everyone out in refugee waves will not solve the problem
    if europe wants to keep refugees out good for them but dont give money to mass murderers either close your gates to them or send the funds somewhere it can really help

  29. So is it like the Balkans all over again? Broz Tito dies and the region fragments into ethnic/religious sectors. Then the larger more organized and well armed (Serbs) begin to attack Muslims in Sarajevo. Remember the 1990s? All the video of snipers and shelling? So more of the same.

    But it is always on ethnic lines. This time the Ethnic minority is the Black African farmers being attacked by the light skinned Arabs. Nothing new, the Arabs were always at odds with their neighbors. One seemed to be pastor or nomadic in culture while the other cultivates the land and settles into villages and towns. So ethnic and cultural differences in the same land.

  30. Wow, More Saudi and UAE interference. Let's expand our empire across all of North Africa. $3B in aid. Was it Flour and oil for cooking, concrete and equipment for building, pipes and filters for water supply, medicines and equipment for hospitals, books and computers for schools? Was it? Or was it $10 Million directly into Hamati's pocket and another $20 million to his immediate officers, and a few million rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, and a few thousand RPG 9's and a whole bunch of AK 47 assault rifles. Nations of the Region, let's turn off the cameras and let MBS wage his jihad against the Yemeni and the Omani soon, and the Iranian Shia…and pretty everyone MBS and Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. And you remember MBS and the little incident in Turkey, some journalist just wanted a copy of his divorce notarized so he could be married. Sorry dude. How about we strangle you instead and then chop you up in little pieces, and dissolve your body and carry it out in nice clean Tupperware for the flight back home.

  31. Funny when u talk bout problems in other countries like you’ve solved every single problem in yours … and it’s even funnier when u ignoring Israel who expanding like its ok … that’s HILARIOUS!!! WHAT A GREAT SHOW!!! … and BTW , ALJAZIRAH never been a good source … dude chill … “Saudi did this and MBS did that” … it’s like you’ve been paid to constantly repeat it

  32. Hasan, you’re a fucking badass and nobody has ever done this much to bring attention to worldwide human rights issues to so many people. I’m grateful to be able to learn so much from you, but I’m so worried about your safety. You are a brave dude. Love you ❤️

  33. Hey Hassan, Big Fan!! You have created a new genre in the form of Patriot Act. Any plans on covering Kashmir any soon?

  34. A deal was reached yesterday as I typed this – I'm so glad that it looks like there may be peace and a democratic Syria – I really hope it holds.

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