Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yemen protests enter fifth day

Regime loyalists and plainclothes policemen attack protesters, mainly students, in Sanaa.[A rerun of what the regime's thugs did in Egypt!]


"Thousands of people are protesting in Yemen for a fifth consecutive day to demand political reforms and the ouster of the country's US-allied president.

However, pro-regime supporters on Tuesday waded into the anti-government protest in the capital Sanaa with batons, sparking violent clashes in which three people were hurt, according to AFP news agency.

The loyalists were joined by plainclothes police wielding electric tasers, who sent the crowd of around 3,000 protesters, mostly students and rights activists, fleeing, witnesses said.

"What we are seeing is thousands of pro-government protesters, armed with batons, attacking the pro-democracy protesters and dispersing the crowd using violence," Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera's correspondent, reporting from Sanaa, said.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, including "down with the president's thugs".......

Military ties between the US and Saleh's administration have grown stronger in recent months, as the country struggles with the increasing militancy of a secessionist movement in the south, as well as unrest provoked by rising food prices, unemployment reaching 40 per cent - and demands for human rights to be recognised.

The US is shortly to embark on a $75m project to train Yemen's counterterrorism unit, US officials say.

Saleh became leader of North Yemen in 1978 and has ruled the Republic of Yemen since the north and south merged in 1990."

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