Tawakkol Karman brings her steadfast chant to Global Leadership Awards
Katherine Boyle – Washington Post – Tuesday, 19 June 2012 (originally published 06 Jun)
On Wednesday evening, Vital Voices saved their surprise guest for the finale of the annual Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center Opera House. She delivered a surprise speech in return.
After the winners of the Global Trailblazer award — women activists who have become symbols of the Arab uprisings — finished their speeches, Tawakkol Karman, the Yemeni journalist and co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, stepped on stage. Karman, 33, the first Arab woman to win the prize, reminded the audience why these activists are being recognized for voicing their opinions without reservation. After beginning with the solemn, polite words often expected at Washington awards shows, she led the crowd in an unexpected chant.
“One, two, three, four. Bashar al-Assad out the door,” she yelled from the stage, encouraging the crowd to join . . .
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