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Protesters attacked as Yemen steps up crackdown - Bikya Masr

Amnesty International has urged the Yemeni authorities to stop using excessive force to control anti-government demonstrations as continued violence against protesters across the country reportedly left several wounded.

At least six Yemeni protesters taking part in what appears to have been a peaceful sit-in were reportedly seriously injured in the city of Ta'izz today when security forces attacked them with what eyewitnesses described as a hand grenade, with dozens more also injured.

Meanwhile, activists in the capital Sana'a told Amnesty International today that they had been surrounded by security forces, aided by men described as "thugs", who were firing at them and issuing beatings.

"The Yemeni authorities seem to be stepping up their crackdown on protesters and we are gravely concerned that if that continues, the death toll will inevitably rise," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.

"Yemen's government must allow people to peacefully assemble and protest."

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 02:12:59 PM EST
Game changer in Yemen as protests swell - National Yemen Headlines | Examiner.com

In Egypt and Tunisia, the stance of the military was pivotal in the success of popular uprisings;  in Yemen, it may be the tribes that are the determining factor. 

Anti-government protests across Yemen show no signs of abating. In Taiz, Yemen's largest governorate, many who arrived last Friday are still in the city center a week later. Their numbers have grown as citizens from outside the city center have joined the sit-in demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  A grenade attack today injured eight.

In Aden, security forces were reported shooting from rooftops. Four protesters were killed by gun fire this week and dozens injured.  Demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power since 1978, were also held in Hodiedah, Hadramout, Dhalie, Abyan, Ibb, al Beidha. Lahj and other governorates. The protests in the capital, Sana'a have gained the most international attention, because thats where the reporters are. In Sanaa, the state deployed deniable proxies, supposed pro-government protesters, to attack democracy activists with clubs and knives.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 03:45:23 PM EST
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