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Thousands march against Yemen govt

By Ali Oweida

Monday, April 14, 2014

SANAA – Thousands of Yemenis staged fresh rallies on Sunday in the capital Sanaa, demanding the formation of a new government.

Demonstrators marched to the Finance Ministry headquarters, shouting slogans accusing the government of failing to provide security amid continuing attacks on security officials, according an Anadolu Agency reporter.

They also called on the government to guarantee the provisions of basic goods and services, especially petroleum and diesel fuel.

“The protest aims at bringing down the government and forming a cabinet of national unity,” Loai al-Shami, a spokesman for the February 11 movement, which organized Sunday’s demonstration, told AA.

In a statement, the protest organizers urged donor countries to suspend aid to the incumbent government, accusing the latter of corruption.

The February 11 movement is an umbrella of several opposition forces, including the Shiite Houthi group.

Yemen has witnessed recurrent anti-government demonstrations since the February anniversary of the popular uprising that unseated president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

Copyright © 2014 Anadolu Agency

Source: Turkish Press.


Protesters, defectors, army clash in Sanaa, Yemen

Sept. 19, 2011

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Diplomatic officials arrived in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday against a backdrop of street violence to try to organize a peaceful transfer of power.

The talks come as new clashes in Sanaa left one person dead Monday, bringing the death toll since fighting began Sunday to 29, a medic told CNN.

The state-run Saba news agency said U.N. envoy to Yemen JamalBin Omar and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Abdul Latif al-Zayyani would discuss a GCC transfer-of-power plan with Yemeni officials designated by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to act on his behalf.

The proposal, first offered in May, would allow Saleh to resign after transferring executive powers to Vice President Abd Rabo Mansou Hadi. Saleh initially indicated he would agree to the pact, but later refused to sign.

Medics reported protesters in Taiz were fired upon as government forces loyal to Saleh tried to disperse them. At least six people were injured.

Witnesses told CNN troops loyal to Saleh were seen firing randomly at protesters Monday as demonstrations were reported on nearly every street in Yemen’s capital.

Witnesses said explosions and gunfire could be heard from near an intersection where protesters have been conducting sit-ins for months, The New York Times reported. The First Armored Division took over the area Sunday as a protective detail for the protesters after clashing with security forces who defected and protesters who pitched tents in the major intersection, witnesses said.

Yemen’s divided military has been at a standoff for months.

Closed were roads leading to Change Square, where thousands had a 7-month sit-in, calling for the resignation of Saleh, recuperating in Saudi Arabia from a June attack on his residence.

The Hasaba zone in Sanaa’s northwestern part also saw violent clashes between tribesmen loyal to the revolution and the Republican Guards Sunday night. Hasaba is home to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, leader of the Hashed tribal confederation, whose tribes fought with government troops in May.

Witnesses to Sunday’s fighting told media outlets they saw snipers firing into crowds of demonstrators from rooftops and trucks.

The violence broke out when protesters marched from Sanaa University toward heavily guarded government buildings, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We were walking and chanting, ‘Peaceful, peaceful,'” Hamdi Mohammed, a demonstrator, told the Los Angeles Times. “But then the soldiers attacked us and we threw rocks and gasoline bombs. They opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. It was horrible what they did to us.”

Government officials said the demonstrators were trying to occupy government buildings and the state radio station, which protesters denied.

Officials said one soldier was killed and 65 were wounded in Sunday’s clashes.

The opposition National Council condemned the attack and urged the international community to act against Saleh’s regime, CNN reported.

“These crimes will not be forgotten and the regime will stand trial and in front of international questioning,” the council said in a statement.

The Interior Ministry denied it was behind the attacks and blamed militias for the violence.

Source: United Press International (UPI).

Yemeni forces attack protesters in Taizz

Thu Sep 15, 2011

Yemeni security forces open fire on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Taizz as the nation renew calls for an end to the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Press TV reports.

One protester was killed and 23 others were injured on Thursday in clashes between peaceful demonstrators and Yemen’s Republican Guards, who are commanded by Saleh’s son Ahmed Ali.

The new outbreak of violence comes after a series of explosions and heavy gunfire hit the capital, Sana’a, and the southern port city of Aden earlier in the day and left at least three civilians killed and five others wounded.

Yemen has been swept up by almost daily protests against Saleh, who refuses to release his three-decade long grip on power.

The Yemeni dictator has been in Saudi Arabia recovering from injuries he sustained in a rocket attack by pro-opposition tribal fighters on his palace in June.

On Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report calling on the Yemeni regime to immediately release all prisoners detained during peaceful protests that erupted in the country in late January.

Navi Pillay also urged Sana’a to put an end to attacks and the use of live ammunition against civilians.

According to local reports, hundreds of Yemenis have been killed and thousands more have been injured since the outbreak of the popular uprising against the US-backed Saleh regime.

Source: PressTV.

Yemeni forces attack defected troops

Sun Sep 11, 2011

Yemeni security forces have attacked dissident troops loyal to an army general who defected to join anti-government protesters in the capital Sana’a, says an officer.

“They fired four tank shells at one of our positions,” AFP quoted a dissident officer saying on condition of anonymity on Sunday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The officer, who is loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, said the artillery fire aimed to increase tensions ahead of a meeting of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Sunday.

The meeting of the six-nation Persian Gulf bloc was expected to address the critical situation in Yemen.

The stalemate in Yemen has raised fears of a military confrontation between the security forces and troops loyal to Ahmar.

The security forces have deployed tanks and missile launchers on the hills overlooking Sana’a to reinforce their presence in the capital.

The opposition in Yemen says it will not agree with any deal unless Ali Abdullah Saleh would hand over power immediately and the issue of granting him immunity from prosecution is excluded.

On Saturday, Yemenis staged a protest rally in the southern city of Taizz to demand an end to what they described as the military rule of Saleh’s regime. The protesters called on the army and all remnants of the regime to leave power.

Saleh still remains in Saudi Arabia, where he fled to for medical treatment following a rocket attack on the Yemeni presidential palace in Sana’a on June 3.

Hundreds of Yemeni protesters have been killed in the regime’s brutal crackdown on demonstrations since the start of the popular uprising in late January.

Source: PressTV.

Tens of thousands demand ouster of Yemen’s President Saleh

SANAA (BNO NEWS) — Tens of thousands of protesters on Friday demonstrated across Yemen to demand the ousting of the country’s long-time ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, eyewitnesses said.

Protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers in major Yemeni cities amid heavy security to call for the overthrow of the regime, according to Xinhua news agency. They held banners calling for “a rapid, decisive action to settle revolt and unseat President Saleh.”

Meanwhile, government supporters vowed to wait for Saleh’s “soon” return and chanted slogans demanding the president to stay in power until “his constitutional term expires in 2013.” The embattled president is still in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment after he was wounded along with other government officials in the rocket attack which hit the mosque of the presidential palace in Sanaa on June 3.

Saleh said last week that he is “willing now to sign a Saudi-led power-transfer deal initiated in April by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),” and directed his government to begin a power-transfer dialogue with the opposition. The GCC initiative, which Saleh had backed out from signing three times, included guarantees that Saleh will not be prosecuted after his resignation within 30 days from the acceptance date.

The initiative also called for holding presidential elections within two months from the date of Saleh’s departure as well as the establishment of a new government within 90 days. On Wednesday, Saleh’s ruling party proposed an extended 90-day transitional period for him to resign, which was rejected by the opposition that called Saleh to sign the deal first, Xinhua reported.

Protesters have continually demanded the resignation of government leaders and President Saleh, who has ruled the country for 33 years. Tensions have soared as both the government forces and the pro- protests defected army have recently deployed heavily troops in central cities, including the capital Sanaa.

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Source: WireUpdate.

Anti-regime protests rage on in Yemen

Thu Sep 8, 2011

Thousands of people in Yemen have staged yet more anti-regime demonstrations in the southern flashpoint city of Taizz and the central city of Bayda, Press TV reports.

The protesters took to the streets on Thursday to renew the call for the downfall of the regime of Yemen’s embattled ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They were chanting slogans in support of the popular revolution in the country, vowing to continue their peaceful protest gatherings until they braced victory.

The rallies come latest in the months-long popular revolt against the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh since January.

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen’s major cities, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding Saleh’s ouster.

Hundreds of people have been killed and many more injured during the unrest as a result of the brutal crackdown on anti-government protests by military forces and loosely-organized individuals loyal to Saleh.

On Thursday, media reports said the Yemeni opposition called for massive protests against Saleh’s rule after Friday Prayers, urging people to pour into the streets of the capital, Sana’a and other cities across the country to protest “lies by the Yemeni regime.”

Saleh has been receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia since early in June for the wounds he sustained in a rocket attack on his palace by tribal fighters siding with the opposition.

Meanwhile, there have been ongoing talks with the Saleh regime to negotiate a power-transfer plan in a bid to end months of anti-regime protests. But a defiant Saleh, who has been in power in Yemen over the past 33 years, has refused calls to give in to popular demands.

Source: PressTV.

Tanks roll as Yemen’s political crisis deepens

– Ayman Khalil
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Global Arab Network – 3 months after the forced medical leave of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a leadership stalemate in Yemen threatens to degenerate into open confrontation between Saleh loyalists and opponents.

The elite Republican Guard troops, commanded by Ahmed, the eldest son of Mr Saleh, had reinforced their presence this week and deployed tanks and missiles on the hills overlooking Sanaa, witnesses said yesterday.

Soldiers loyal to dissident General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, fewer and less well armed, have fortified their positions in areas that they control in the city, mainly around the University Square, renamed Change Square by protesters camped there.

Armed civilians have been sighted on both sides of Zubair Street, which now divides Sanaa between the areas controlled by government forces and that held by the opposition.

“The regime rejects a political solution and could use other options. But the military option would be a mistake,” said Yassin Saeed Noman, leader of the Common Forum, which groups parliamentary opposition parties.

Source: Global Arab Network.

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