A Democratic Future for Yemen |
Chatham House - 27 December, 2011
Well, do you know many things about Yemen? And about youth revolutions, peaceful youth revolution which started in January 2011? After the revolution of Tunisia, after the step down of Ben Ali, Yemeni people, Yemeni students, decided that they will not lose this historical point. Through this historical point, they will gain their freedom and dignity. So, [the] step down of Ben Ali was on 14 January. On 15 [January], some of the students went to the Tunisian embassy, saying hello to them. On the sixteenth, we raised the slogan that 'the people want to step down the regime'. We also raised another slogan which is, 'Leave! Before you're forced to leave'. And that was something that surprised all the people in our country. Parties, tribes, army, even our friends, foreign friends from embassies. They came to my organization, Women Journalists Without Chains.