Yemen protesters warn Saleh

2011-10-21 17:38

Sanaa - Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the Yemeni capital on Friday to demand the resignation of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh, galvanised by the death of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.

"Ali, it's your turn next, yours and Bashar's," the protesters chanted referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Every dictator meets his end," they chanted as they marched down Sanaa's Sittine Avenue under the protection of dissident troops of the First Armoured Division.

"Gaddafi's death has fired up revolutionaries across the world, but especially in Yemen," said Walid al-Ammari, a spokesperson for the youth activists who have spearheaded nine months of protests against Saleh's rule.

"Saleh must draw the lessons from the death of Gaddafi who called the Libyans rats and was finally caught like a rat in a tunnel," he said.

As on most Fridays, the president's supporters held a counter-demonstration after the main weekly Muslim prayers in Sabine Square in the south of the city, which is controlled by loyalist troops.

  • Brainbow - 2011-10-21 18:27


  • aiazmir - 2011-10-21 18:52

    I think it is high time that people realize that they have been exploited by their governments, including the South African government. Exploitation takes on many guises. Take South Africa. The BEE Act, called for Black Economic Empowerment when the only people who really benefitted were "connected" people. Billion Rand deals were done and the general population were excluded BY DESIGN from these deals.

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