From tweets to the streets
Silent protest in support of Yemen freedom
Saturday 24 September, 12-2pm
10 Downing Street
In the media, Yemen is too often ‘and Yemen’ – two words tacked on to the end of a sentence about Egypt or Tunisia or Libya. The full stop of the Arab Spring.
For politicians, Yemen is a slightly dull failed state. Somalia sans pirates. Good for a vote-winning-swat-al-qaeda soundbite, but not too exciting and certainly not worth doing much about.
But the Yemen problem is real, vicious and disgusting. To confront it is to place yourself at the very edge of sanity. Today Yemen faces a catastrophe, that many predicted. The government has turned again upon its people, shooting and bombing those who have for so long paid the price for the glittering life of a ruling family. And while the relentless peaceful protest spans all classes and sections of society, the bullet doesn’t discriminate. Protesters for democracy continue to be shot at random. Almost 8 months since the proudly peaceful protests started. It’s Russian roulette, President Saleh style.
It’s time the world listened. It’s time the world acted. And it will.
Scratch around a bit and you’ll find a Yemeni in every nook and cranny in the world. You don’t have to look hard – Africa, India, Europe, America, South-East Asia – we’ll be there.
We’ve all been facebooking and twittering throughout the revolution. Doing our bit. It’s an Arab Spring Thing. Google us and you’ll find an international virtual community alive with ideas, hope, passion and tears. Now we’ve set up social media campaign #SupportYemen, for us, for you, for everyone. Our aim is to get the world to support the people of Yemen, to support democracy as a human right and to end the indiscriminate killing.
Allowing this brutal regime to continue diminishes us all. If you ever believed in freedom, show your solidarity and join us. #SupportYemen.
In Yemen millions have been taking to the streets for months and we’re joining them. On Saturday 24 September, between 12 and 2pm, we’ll be letting our silence speak for itself, at exactly the same time, in cities around the world.
In London our silent protest is at 10 Downing Street, In front of the Prime Minister’s Office. Everyone is welcome. Everyone.
Please bring sticky tape, thank you.
20 Sept 2011