Silicon Valley News

Saturday, May 14, 2011

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook on frontline of Yemen uprising



YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have emerged as important sources of alternative news about the bloody uprising in Yemen against  President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled this small Middle East country bordering Saudi Arabia for the past 32 years.

The Youtube video above captured scenes from the capital city of Sana'a yesterday, where half a million protesters, backed by army defectors, gathered at Sana'a University in opposition to Saleh. Government forces killed three demonstrators near the capital city.

May 13 funeral of Majed Al-Ghrghzi, 24, killed during recent clash with police in Sana'a.


According to Amnesty International, more than 145 people have been killed since the unrest began three months ago, sparked by the protests that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters in Sana's on Friday demanding the outer of President Saleh

A 22-year-old Yemeni student, Rafat Al-Akhali, has emerged as one of the leaders of the youthful uprising. Rafat is the founder of the Civic Coalition of Revolutionary Youth, or CCRY, a group started on Facebook in late March by student activists.

CCRY, which has over 6,000 followers on Facebook, organizes marches and publishes updates on Facebook and Twitter.

"At first every tent became a movement," Rafat recalled. "There were some 465 separate groups all proclaiming themselves to be leaders of the revolution. But most of them only had about five members. It was chaos."

Rafat helped to persuade the different groups to form an alliance that has become a key force in the movement to drive Saleh from power.

NPR's Andy Carvin and Jeb Boone, a freelance journalist based in Sana'a, have been covering the uprising on Twitter. Amel Ahmed,  a New York law student, has gone to Yemen to cover the unrest on a blog called Awakening, which has a collection of YouTube videos.

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have been embraced by Yemeni freelance journalists covering the recent tumultuous protests.

7 comments:

  1. Read more about Rafat Al-Akhali and the Civic Coalition of Revolutionary Youth on GlobalPost.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110512/yemen-protests-youth-revolution-saleh

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi, Some one from facebook refereed your link i have book marked it nice blogs you write see Free  how to grow twitter followers here

    ReplyDelete
  3. Rafat helped to persuade the different groups to form an alliance that has become a key force in the movement to drive Saleh from power.
    Thanks!
    Intertwitter, Buy twitter followers

    ReplyDelete
  4. This simply shows that indeed social networking sites can be use in such a way that it can bring in real time updates to people worldwide without having to watch TV or listen to the radio news. It's like being a reporter in your own country. Kudos to those people who use Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to let people be aware as to what is happening especially in the Middle East.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks admin
    you have good post and nice blog
    and i want to visit and subscribe to my blog Ancient Egypt Religion and Ancient Egypt Timeline
    thanks a gain admin ,,,

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such unbelievable story! I will share this story on my twitter account.

    Thanks
    Marketingheaven, Buy Twitter Followers

    ReplyDelete
  7. The post is handsomely written. I have bookmarked you for keeping abreast with your new posts.
    Thanks You !
    youtube subscribers

    ReplyDelete