“(Reuters) – Medical student Ahmed Widaa was content to support Sudan’s ruling party from the sidelines for years, until the uprisings in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt made him worry that Sudan could be next.

With revolutionary zeal, the 21-year-old now lobbies online to defend the status quo — one of many pro-government youth taking to the Internet to hit out at anti-government protests in the oil-producing country.

“We want to get our message out — that we don’t have to go out and protest,” said Widaa, who says he is convinced that the still small protest movement in Sudan is just a front for the unpopular Communist party. “We’ve seen what’s happened in Egypt and Tunisia and things are worse after the protests.””

From Reuters