Yemeni Nobel peace prize winner Tawakal Karmen told Ahmed Mansour on Al Jazeera that the Yemeni revolutionaries will not make the Egyptians’ mistake who let their revolution be stolen by military or in other words the Egyptian revolution has failed in her view !!
Yes the regime has not fallen yet but I do not expect a whole a regime build not only in 30 years but in 60 years will be easily removed by a sit in public squares for months in a country like Egypt. Revolutions and democratic transition take more than sits in for couple of months.
It is not about Egyptian pride but about the amount of negativity Mrs. Karmen spread in difficult time in Egypt with her views about the Egyptian revolution. You will not believe how much her statements made many young Egyptians feel sad and desperate especially with the disaster we had earlier last week.
The Egyptian revolution has not finished yet nor it has failed nor it has been taken over completely by military junta despite all the debate about whether what we had was a revolution turned in to a coup or not because all this will not be determined now , I still have a strong faith.
In fact if you look it even in Yemen , you will find that the Yemeni revolution already won a lot of power when there was that spilt and defections in the Yemeni army.
Strangely Ali Abdullah Saleh is still the president in Yemen and his party is still in charge and her own father Abdel Salam Karmen thinks that Karmen should speaks politely about president Saleh despite he is happy for her !! The Yemeni forces are still killing protesters and activists just like today where 11 civilians have been killed and there are clashes between republican guards and tribal militants following Al Ahamer tribe as far as I understand.
There are many challenges facing the Yemeni revolution if we are going to speak in a realistic political way and not media way including Saudi Arabia interfere , the American interfere “will the revolutionaries let their country open for the American military operations !?” , tribalism , the South and the Houthis.
Karmen should not be worried about the military in Yemen “despite she should based on the history of the country” and should be worried on the fight over power among the political parties and groups in Yemen after the total fall of the regime there.
We do not need any negativity from anyone because this is a long war with many battles.
I am still happy for Tawakel and Yemen for real.
My own advice to her is that do not make our real own mistake and think that the revolution and the real change are in sits in at public squares , the real revolution is to go the people from North and South of Yemen , listen to their problems and needs, try to win them to the revolution’s side because this is how you down the regime . My second advice to her is not let the media spoil her or the other activists in Yemen.