Yemen accuses West of conspiracy

2011-10-06 21:38

Sana'a - Yemen's opposition and Western nations were involved in "a conspiracy against democracy," a senior government official said on Thursday.

"What is happening in Yemen is a conspiracy against democracy because the West supports forces seeking a coup," the chief of the security forces, Yehia Saleh, told reporters, referring to opposition.

"The Gulf initiative and power transfer in Yemen is an internal affair," added Yehia Saleh, who is a nephew of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

He was referring to a deal brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council for a peaceful power transfer in the country.

Millions of Yemenis have taken to the streets since February, demanding an end to the president's 33-year rule.

On Thursday, eight people were wounded in the southern city of Taiz when Saleh's troops fired on them during a mass protest, broadcaster Al Arabiya reported.

The demonstrators were denouncing shelling by government troops in their city on Wednesday, according to the television report.

Taiz is a focal point in Yemen's pro-democracy protests.

Tribal opponents

Earlier in the day, clashes erupted in the capital Sana'a between pro-Saleh forces and tribal opponents.

The fighting raged in an area located about 10km from Sana'a airport, in the district of Al-Hasabah, in the north of the capital. No casualties were reported.

The clashes were the latest between the Saleh's troops and loyalists of Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, an influential tribal chief who recently vowed not to allow the president to retain power.

At least 1 480 people have been killed in the Arabian Peninsula country since the clashes between security forces and anti-Saleh opponents began in February, according to the government.

  • letsee - 2011-10-06 22:30

    If the people were happy, the west (if they are really involved) would have no means to put so many demonstrators on the street.

  • Libertador - 2011-10-07 07:40

    Your so-called Arab spring has been hijacked by the Imperialist and their lackeys in the Gulf states. The Egyptian Army has been paid not to surrender to the people. The Bahrain tyranny has just been saved from the wrath of its victims: the people of Bahrain.

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