The reason why everybody is making their profile picture blue



A wave of blue is sweeping social media in solidarity with the Sudanese revolution.

Social media users are changing their profile pictures to the colour as part of a campaign to raise awareness about a Sudanese protester killed by a notorious militia. 

Mohamed Mattar, a 26-year-old engineer and graduate of London's Brunel University, was shot by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on 3 June, reportedly as he attempted to shield two women from harm.

He was killed in the peaceful sit-in demonstration that had massed outside the military headquarters in Khartoum demanding the armed forces hand power over to a civilian administration.

The hashtag #BlueForSudan has spread across social media platforms as a tribute to the protester, as blue was believed to be his favourite colour.

Both the profile pictures and the hashtag have begun to be used as a symbol of solidarity with all Sudanese protesters, not only Mattar.

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