Thursday, May 12, 2011

U.S Condemns Use of Violence against Anti-Regime Protesters in Yemen

By Fatik Al-Rodaini

Sana'a, May 12, 2011- The U.S. State Department renewed its support for the deal brokered by the GGC leaders between Yemen's ruling General People Congress party and the opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties in the meantime.

''We call on the parties to sign and implement the terms of the (GCC) agreement now to ensure an orderly, peaceful transition of power,” Mark Toner said in a statement on Thursday. He also called to start the power transition immediately, “This transition must begin immediately.”

Toner condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters by Yemeni security forces in Sana'a, Aden, Taiz, and other provinces “We call on the Yemeni security forces to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence.'' He called Yemeni government to respect the right of Yemeni people in expressing their Views, '' We call on Yemeni government to respect the rights of the Yemeni people to freely and peacefully assemble and express their views.”

Protesters in Yemen have been demanding the resignation of longtime embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh in weeks of demonstrations, some involving tens of thousands of people. Saleh has been clinging to power, warning that if he leaves without an orderly succession, the Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen will take advantage of the resulting chaos.

The head of GCC, Abdul Latif Al-Zayani said on Thursday in a statement that the GCC initiative is the best solution and an exit out of the country’s dramatic situation stop the bloodshed and to spare the country further deterioration of the security and political division.” Local outlets media reported that Al-Zayani is expected to visit Yemen on Saturday to press the initiative.

Last month, the GCC came up with an initiative to solve the current crisis in Yemen between the ruling GPC and the opposition, but it was stalled because Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected to sign the agreement.

Two days ago, Yemen's revolution youth and the opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties, announced their final strategy to force Yemen's longtime embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately.

In a statement posted on the internet, it said that next Tuesday will be the Day of Marching towards the presidential palace where President Saleh lives to force him to step down.

''President Saleh is benefiting from the passing of time in order to deplete the youth revolution,'' the statement said. "By escalating our reactions against him we can achieve the victory to our revolution," statement added.

The statement focused on ten steps to accomplish the goal of youth revolution.

Youths in Yemen accused the Saudi and US of trying to weaken their revolution in favor of President Saleh.

President Saleh has been facing nationwide protests since the beginning of February demanding his immediate ouster. More than 140 anti-government protesters have been killed during Yemen's uprising.

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