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Yemeni Nobel Prize laureate criticises Egyptian coup

February 8, 2014 at 2:48 am

Nobel Prize laureate Tawakul Karaman has criticised the military coup on Egypt. The Yemeni political analyst said that she expects the coup to lead to the return to the Mubarak regime in all but name. “Expect the arrest and trial of those who carried out the January 25 Revolution as dissidents,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She condemned the authorities’ intention to begin their investigation into the deposed president from the time of the allegations that he fled from prison during the January 25 Revolution, when he was detained for his opposition to Mubarak’s regime.

Karaman said that terrorism can be defined as “using force to achieve political goals, or using violence against peaceful protest”. She cited two examples of this kind of terrorism by the coup regime. “The first was the removal of President Morsi by a military statement and replacing him with an all-powerful alternative,” she wrote. “The second was the killing of peaceful demonstrators as they protested against the removal of a democratically-elected president.”