The decision to issue an arrest warrant for Bashir has been welcomed by Darfuri exiles across the world. They took to the streets in a number of cities, including Rome. For many the international court’s announcement represents the culmination of a long campaign.
One exile in Rome said: “This represents for us the first step towards justice, which is going to take place in Darfur and all the Darfurians have waited for this day for a long time.” There were similar scenes in London where a crowd made their feelings clear outside the Sudanese embassy. While many in the West support the move, Sudan has its supporters at the UN, including Russia and China. Meanwhile, at a rowdy rally in Khartoum, Bashir’s followers gave an insight into the kind of reaction his eventual arrest could provoke.