23 Jan '11, 9am

Yemen has arrested a woman activist who led student protests against the government in the capital last week.

SANAA (Yemen) - YEMEN has arrested a woman activist who led student protests against the government in the capital last week, a security source said on Sunday. Inspired by the ousting of Tunisia's president a week ago, Tawakul Karman led two protests at Sanaa University, criticising autocratic Arab leaders and calling on Yemenis to topple President Ali Abdullah Saleh by using text messages and emails. The source said Karman, a member of the Islamist party Islah, was arrested on Sunday by order of the General Prosecution Office. Karman, who heads the Yemeni activist group Women Journalists Without Chains, also called on Yemenis to support the Tunisian people. The overthrow of the Tunisian president was a political earthquake that has shattered the image of oppressive, military-backed Arab rulers as immune to popular discontent. Mr Saleh has ruled Yemen, the Arab world's poo...

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