Friday, February 18, 2011

Protesters Take to the Streets in Yemen's Provinces

Protesters Take to the Streets in Yemen's Provinces

By Fatik Al-Rodaini

Sana'a- Feb 18, 2011, Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday for the eighth consecutive day in all Yemen's provinces demanding the ouster of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Demonstrations took place in the capital of Sana'a in which violent clashes were erupted between pro and anti government wounding tens of protesters from the both sides.

Yemen's southern port of Aden witnessed protests for the third consecutive day in Al-Mansoura, Khor Maksar, Crater, and Sheikh Othman districts calling for the political reforms, demanding the removal of the regime before the protest turns violence between protesters and anti-riots in which three protesters were killed and several others wounded during the protesters when police tried to disperse protesters using tear gas, batons and stun guns. Protesters responded by burning the headquarters of local council and all consistence in addition to four vehicles and private properties.

In Taiz province where about a million pro-regime protesters took to the streets supporting President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In return, protesters from different provinces gathered in anti-regime protest demanding the ouster of the regime, protest was held peacefully before a bomb exploded in which two protesters were died and 31 others were wounded.

Yemen's security apparatus said that it arrested the bomber to be investigated to know its motivations of committing the crime. No more details were reported.

Sources said that protests were erupted peacefully in Shabwa and Hadramout provinces calling for the resignation of President Saleh.

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