Thursday, November 24, 2011

Middle East - Sakharov Prize honours Arab activists / Saleh resignation fails to pacify Yemen / Cairo protests: a view from the streets

الشرق الأوسط -- جائزة ساخاروف يكرم النشطاء العرب / استقالة صالح يفشل في تهدئة اليمن / القاهرة الاحتجاجات : نظرة من الشوارع

Published on Nov 24, 2011 by Euronews This year's Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought has gone to five activists from North Africa and the Middle East for their role in the Arab Spring.

Asmaa Mahfouz from Egypt, Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi from Libya and Razan Zaitouneh and Ali Farzat from Syria were all honoured. Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi received a posthumous award.

Algeria's Salima Ghezali, a Sakharov winner in 1997, told euronews the region's fight for freedom was nothing new.
Published on Nov 24, 2011 by Euronews The announcement that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is to step down has failed to quell unrest in the country. At least five people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of the outgoing leader.

The victims were said to have been shot by Saleh's followers. A number of others were injured in the violence in the capital, Sanaa. Elsewhere the army is reported to have killed 17 Islamists in the south.

Published on Nov 24, 2011 by Euronews Euronews has been on the streets of Cairo to hear a mix of opinions from Egyptians.

Our correspondent Valerie Gauriat spoke with local people get their views on the latest wave of unrest.

One elderly man dismissed the protesters as "unemployed youngsters with nothing better to do."

"They are thugs," he said. "Tomorrow, we won't have enough money to buy bread."

"These people aren't Egyptians. Someone paid them to do this," claimed one woman. "Some of them are good I'm sure, but most are Salafists and left-wingers."

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