Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thousands of Yemenis protest against mediation deal offering president prosecution immunity

By Associated Press, Tuesday, April 12,

SANAA, Yemen — Tens of thousands of Yemenis are demonstrating in major cities across the country rejecting a mediation proposal by neighboring Gulf countries because it does not provide for trying the president.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council called on Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday to step down as part of a deal with the opponents demanding his ouster after 32 years.

The deal, however, did not specify a timeframe for the transfer of power to his deputy and included immunity from prosecution for him and his family.

Protesters held banners read “after bloodshed, Saleh should be tried” and “you (Saleh) will not escape unpunished.”

Hundreds of army and security officers in uniform, who sided with the protesters, took part in Tuesday’s demonstration.

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