Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman saluted the protesters who gathered to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the 11th February Revolution.
“You are expanding the non-violence struggle spaces and extending peace squares to drown out the sound of gunpowder, explosives and bullets.
In her speech to hundreds of thousands of protesters in Yemen's capital city of Sanaa, Karman said: "the February's Revolution was not a transient event but rather one of the greatest human revolutions and shall lay the groundwork for a radical change in the lives of Yemenis".
"Days ago, we concluded the national dialog conference and signed its great, detailed and specific outcomes. All the outcomes of the dialog, if they are translated into realities, can stand as a solid bridge to cross to the future with confidence, peace and capability.
We need to use the dialog's outcomes as our way to build the present and the future," she said. Federalism, in its best form, will be an unhelpful wedge if it is not accompanied by imposing the rule of law and disarming militias in Yemen, Karman said, demanding to issue a law on weapons which shall state plainly that armed groups and outlaws lay down arms in six months and any group does not abide by it shall be considered a banned, outlaw group.
She sent a message to the Houthi militants saying: "the revolution occurred while thousands of you were in prison and while you were hunted at caves and around tables. The revolution did you a favor, and what a great favor it really was. Just turn into a political party involved in politics through dialog and non-violence and peaceful approaches. Or you can turn into a religious group which practices Dawah with convincement and good preaching".