President Omar al-Bashir said this week that any change in government would only happen through elections and that it “cannot be done through WhatsApp or Facebook.” His remarks, delivered at a rally for his supporters in the eastern city of Kassala, were the latest sign that he intends to maintain a combative stance toward the organizers of large-scale demonstrations demanding his ouster. Earlier in the week, while visiting Cairo, the president said leaders of the protest movement were trying to copy the Arab uprisings of 2011. There were no signs that the protests would let up any time soon. On Wednesday, they spread to the main university in the capital, Khartoum. That same day, the military said it “will not allow the Sudanese state to fall or to slide into the unknown.” Richard Downie assessed Bashir’s ability to ride out the protests in a briefing last month.