Masked women participate in a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz July 17, 2011. (Reuters Pictures)A contingent of female Yemeni pirates, brandishing skull and cross bones and the ever present portrait of the psychotic mass murderer Che Guevara (seen below on the left), were there.
Women march during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz July 17, 2011. (Reuters Pictures)(AFP) Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched through the country’s second city Taez on Sunday in what they called a “day of rage” against President Ali Abdallah Saleh on the anniversary of his rise to power in 1978.
Demonstrators assembled on Taez’s main arterial road, chanting anti-Saleh slogans and waving black flags to mourn the embattled president’s 33-year rule, the rally’s organisers said.
Protesters called for the resignation of Saleh, who has been in Saudi Arabia for the past six weeks receiving treatment for wounds sustained in a June 3 bomb blast at his presidential compound in Sanaa.
Three soldiers and seven civilians were killed in Taez on Friday as supporters of the regime clashed with its opponents, leaving at least 37 other Yemenis injured.
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…The former chief of the CIA on Tuesday praised Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s past cooperation and said his downfall could complicate US interests in the short term. Retired general Michael Hayden, who led the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 under president George W. Bush, said that restive Syria also helped US intelligence but only in selective areas. Speaking at a conference of the Marine Corps University, Hayden said the CIA had worked well with Kadhafi and Mussa Kussa, the foreign minister who defected last month as Libyan forces moved against rebels.
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“Whatever you think of Kadhafi and Mussa Kussa… they were good and they were good counter-terrorism partners,” Hayden told the conference near Washington. Hayden said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was “pretty good” at fighting Sunni Muslim militants but supported Shiite radicals. Assad belongs to the Alawite sect, a Shiite offshoot despised by Sunni extremists such as Al-Qaeda. “In both cases, you have real near-term turbulence that could — that will — make the closer fight in the immediate time-frame much more difficult,” Hayden said. But Hayden said the wave of unrest across the Arab world could prove beneficial to the United States in the long term by changing the dynamics of the region. The uprisings “will make the ground far less fertile for the type of extremism that Al-Qaeda proselytizes, but it’s a long time between here and there,” Hayden said. Kadhafi, a longtime international pariah due to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and other attacks blamed on Libyan spies, started to reconcile with the United States in 2003 and found common interests in fighting Al-Qaeda. But Western powers led by France and Britain launched air strikes on Kadhafi’s forces last month due to fears of mass civilian casualties as they mobilized against rebel strongholds. Syria, meanwhile, on Tuesday bolstered troops around the flashpoint town of Daraa, triggering calls for a foreign intervention. A Syrian rights group said the crackdown has killed 400 people since mid-March. Hayden also voiced concern about Yemen, a frontline in the US-backed campaign against Al-Qaeda. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key US partner who has been in power for 30 years, has agreed to a plan to step down. “I would never claim that President Saleh was, kind of, an easy fit as a partner with regard to anything. But I don’t know what’s on the next page,” Hayden said. “Now you’ve got the Yemeni government at best distracted and perhaps worse,” he said. via google.com
Protesters carry a poster of late president of former North Yemen Ibrahim al-Hamdi as they shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sanaa University March 8, 2011. Yemeni protests demanding an end to Saleh’s 32-year rule spread to a tribal area considered his political stronghold on Tuesday, and military vehicles deployed in the capital. (Reuters Pictures)
SANAA, Yemen (AP) – The Yemeni government escalated its efforts to stop mass protests calling for the president’s ouster on Tuesday, with soldiers firing rubber bullets and tear gas at students camped at a university in the capital in a raid that left at least 98 people wounded, officials said.
The army stormed the Sanaa University campus hours after thousands of inmates rioted at the central prison in the capital, taking a dozen guards hostage and calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. At least one prisoner was killed and 80 people were wounded as the guards fought to control the situation, police said. […]
Medical officials said many of the 98 people wounded were in serious condition. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information. Witnesses reported seeing armored vehicles and personnel carriers headed to the area of the university.
“It’s a massacre,” said opposition spokesman Muhammad Qahtan. “It is a crime by security troops against students engaged in a peaceful sit-in.”
Demonstrations also continued elsewhere in the country. In the southern port city of Aden, a crowd of women joined a demonstration after a young protester was shot in the head and critically wounded during a rally there the previous day.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in the Ibb province, calling on the government to bring to justice those responsible for a deadly attack there Sunday. Opposition activists blamed “government thugs” who descended on protesters camped out on a main square. One person was killed in that violence and 53 people were hurt.
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