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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Uprising against “oppression, corruption, nepotism, bribery” —

Protests in Yemen
Yemeni revolution envisions restructuring from “ruins of repressive, militarized, corrupt rule”
Excerpt, minor editing by Carolyn Bennett from Democracy Now transcript

Yemeni Activist Tawakkol Karman accepting the Nobel Peace Prize

U.S.-allied with Saleh regime in Yemen
Across Red Sea
U.S. bombs
Horn of Africa (Somalia)
“… I stand before you in … one of the most important moments of human history — coming from the land of the Arab Orient, coming from the land of Yemen, the Yemen of wisdom and ancient civilizations, the Yemen of more than 5,000 years of long history, the great Kingdom of Sheba, the Yemen of the two queens, Bilqis and Arwa, the Yemen that is experiencing the greatest and the most powerful and the largest eruption of Arab Spring revolution, the revolution of millions throughout the homeland which is still raging and escalating today.…

Tawakkol Karman
Human rights activist
Nobel laureate
“… [W]hen I heard the news that I had received the Nobel Peace Prize, I was in my tent in the Tahrir Square in Sana’a. I was one of millions of revolutionary youth. There, we were not even able to secure our safety from the repression and oppression of the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“At that moment, I contemplated the distinction between the meanings of peace celebrated by the Nobel Prize and the tragedy of the aggression waged by Ali Abdullah Saleh against the forces of peaceful change. However, our joy of being on the right side of history made it easier for us to bear the devastating irony.

“Millions of Yemeni women and men, children, young and old, took to the streets in 18 provinces demanding their right to freedom, justice and dignity, using nonviolent but effective means to achieve their demands. We were able to efficiently and effectively maintain a peaceful revolution in spite of the fact that this great nation has more than 70 million firearms of various types.

Yemeni Protests
Southwest Central Asia (Arabia)
East/Horn of Africa
“Here lies the philosophy of the revolution, which persuaded millions of people to leave their weapons at home and join the peaceful march against the state’s machine of murder and violence just with flowers and bare breasts, and filled with dreams, love and peace. We were very happy because we realized, at that time, that the Nobel Prize did not come only as a personal prize for Tawakkul Abdel-Salam Karman, but as a declaration and recognition of the whole world for the triumph of the peaceful revolution of Yemen and as an appreciation of the sacrifices of its great, peaceful people.

'Day of Rage" - Yemen
“… This revolution will soon complete its first year since the moment it was launched as a peaceful and popular revolution of the youth, with one demand: peaceful change and the pursuit of free and dignified life in a democratic and civil state governed by the rule of law. This state will be built on the ruins of the rule of a repressive, militarized, corrupt and backward family police rule, which has consistently brought Yemen to the edge of failure and collapse during the last 33 years.

…“… [T]he Arab Spring revolutions have emerged with the purpose of meeting the needs of the people of the region for a state of citizenship and the rule of law. They have emerged as an expression of people’s dissatisfaction with the state of corruption, nepotism and bribery.

Yemeni protesters
“These revolutions were ignited by young men and women who are yearning for freedom and dignity. They know that their revolutions pass through four stages, which can’t be bypassed:

TOPPLING the dictator and his family,
TOPPLING his security and military services and his nepotism networks,
ESTABLISHING the institutions of the transitional state, and
MOVING TOWARD constitutional legitimacy and establishing the modern civil and democratic state.

“…Many nations, including the Arab peoples, have suffered, although they were not at war, but were not at peace either. The peace in which they lived is a false ‘peace of graves’ — the peace of submission to tyranny and corruption that impoverishes people and kills their hope for a better future.

United Nations
192 member nations

“… [A]ll of the human community should stand up with our people in their peaceful struggle for freedom, dignity and democracy, now that our people have decided to break out of silence and strive to live and realize the meaning of the immortal phrase of Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab — ‘Since when have you enslaved people, when their mothers gave birth to them free?’…

Tawakkol Karman shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with three other women “for non-violent struggle, for the safety of women, and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Sources and notes


Tawakkol Karman shares the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with: Leymah Gbowee (Residence at time of award Liberia); and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (at the time of the resident and President of Liberia).

She is the first Arab woman, the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, and the second Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Prize

Tawakel Karman (Arabic: توكل كرمان ‎ Tawak[k]ul Karmān; Anglicized: Tawakul, Tawakkol, Tawakkul or Tawakel Abdel-Salam Karman) (32, b. February 7, 1979, became the international public face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising that is part of the Arab Spring uprisings.

2011 protests include protest on the ‘Day of Rage’ that Karman had called for in Sana’a, Yemen, from February 3, 2011. During the ongoing 2011 Yemeni protests, Tawakel Karman organized student rallies in Sana’a in protest against the long-standing rule of Saleh’s government. [Wikipedia note, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tawakel_Karman&printable=yes]


“‘The Arab People Have Woken Up’: Yemeni Activist Tawakkol Karman Accepts Nobel Peace Prize” [Speech given Saturday December 10, re-broadcast with transcript on Democracy Now, December 13, 2011, http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/13/the_arab_people_have_woken_up


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