By Nasser Arrabyee,29/12/2011
Yemen witnessed unprecedented and great events during 2011 like some other Arab countries which were swept by the so-called Arab Spring.
The events changed almost every thing traditional in terms of thinking of the social and political life of people.
Dreams and aspirations and ambitions of almost every one were more than ever before over the recent history of Yemen.
Generally speaking, almost everyone wanted a new Yemen, new State, and new life with freedom,justice and dignity.
Though very little of these general things have been achieved,but the way of realizing dreams and reaching ambitions has become at least clearer and smoother than ever before in history also.
The determination and desire of people to keep going in the same way until all goals and objectives are achieved is still standing after one year of arguments and conflicts at all levels of life.
On November 23rd, 2011, almost all conflicting parties agreed to end the long standing political crisis and they immediately started a long and difficult but allegedly correct road to build the new Yemen where all dreams and ambitions of better life can come true.
It's been more than one month now since they started implementing a step-by-step two year long road map for reaching the promised modern and civil State that almost every Yemeni is talking about, though with different views.
The road map, locally called the scheduled implementation plan, was based on an internationally supported deal initiated by the Saudi-led six gulf nations and the UN resolution 2014 on solving the Yemeni crisis.
But different people look differently to what happened during 2011, and what was achieved so far and what might happen and might be achieved during 2012 and after that.
The Weekly interviewed on Monday December 26, 2011, many Yemenis in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on what happened so far and what might happen more from the protests of one year.
Adel A Arrabeai, leading protester and political activist, said that the year 2011 divided the recent history to 'before' and 'after' this date.
" 2011 was the year of the birth of our historic change movement," said Mr Arrabeai.
" It was the year during which we faced major challenges and we achieved major achievements including overthrowing the regime," he added.
The 2012 will be the year of planting and sowing the seeds of the modern and civil State, the long standing dream of Yemenis, Arrabeai expected.
The activist Naif Al Buraiki, disagrees,however, with Mr. Arrabeai, saying the political solution will not work and the conflicts will continue.
"The GCC initiative will fail and more conflicts and more violence and blood shed will happen," said Mr Al Buraiki.
The political analyst, Abdul Khalik Alwan , on his part, said two things might happen during the 2012 in the Arab world in general.
If the Arab Spring was made by the Arab themselves not dictated to them, Mr. Alwan expected a stage of genuine democracy and human rights after removing the rest of the Arab rulers during 2012.
"But if the Arab Spring was not made by the Arab will, and Arab were only actors, then the year 2012 will be the end of hope that Arab can do something," Mr Alwan said.
Mr Baleek Mohammed, political activist,said what happened in Yemen during 2011, was unprecedented uprising against poverty and financial, administrative and political corruption.
Mr Mohammed expected that Islamists in Yemen would dominate because they have more organized members than the other parties.
However, the vice spokesmen of the Yemen ruling party, semi-secular party, Mr Abdul Hafeez Al Nehari excluded any domination of the Islamists in Yemen saying they are not like their counterparts in the other Arab countries like Tunisia and Egypt.
" I do not think the Islamists here in Yemen will dominate because they already tried but failed," said Al Nehari.
The main groups of Islamists in Yemen, especially the brotherhood, have always been participating in all political and democratic processes and never been directly banned like Tunisia or partially banned like Egypt.
"The people tried the Islamists in two coalition governments in the past," said Al
"During this crisis, the Islamists were not democratic enough with other forces like liberals and leftists,"
" So Islamist lost a lot."
Almost every day, Islamists from Islah party, which leads the opposition coalition, fight with others over who would speak in the stage and who would say what in the public squares of protests especially in Sanaa.
They also fight with others on women activities and their clothes.
On Sunday, December 25th, 2011, for instance, about 15 people were injured in big fight with hands and sticks and knives in the stage of the Change Square in Sanaa.