This began after Mohamed Hashim Mattar, 26, was allegedly shot dead by the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces during a crackdown on protesters in the country’s capital, Khartoum, on June 3.
Mattar’s favorite color, blue, was used on all his social profiles, and his friends and family put up this color on their profiles to honor his death.
It soon spread among social media users who used the color not only to honor Mattar but other martyrs of the Sudan uprising.
Before ex-President Omar al-Bashir was deposed, Sudanese citizens took to the streets to conduct peaceful protests calling for the former President who had ruled for 30 years to step down.
Due to the media shutdown in the country, protesters are using social media as a last resort to bring attention to the state of affairs.