News / Middle East

Supporters, Opponents of Yemen's President Clash in Capital

Government backers chase anti-government protesters during clashes in Sanaa, February 14, 2011
Government backers chase anti-government protesters during clashes in Sanaa, February 14, 2011
TEXT SIZE - +

Anti-government protesters marched in Yemen's capital again Monday, calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdallah Saleh. They were attacked by supporters of the president.

Pro-government and anti-government demonstrators clashed in the center of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Monday. Witnesses say a number of protesters were hurt when pro-government forces assaulted an advancing group of protesters, mostly students.

Other anti-government protests were reported in the southern port city of Aden and in Taiz, north of Aden.

The Yemen Post newspaper editor-in-chief Hakim Almasmari says that a small group of government supporters controlling the capital's Liberation Square began attacking the larger group of protesters with stones, sticks, and knives:

"Today there were some crazy protests. It turned violent,"he said. The anti-government protesters were attacked by pro-government protesters, who are believed to be paid by the government to attack the anti-government protesters.

Dozens were injured, some seriously, because these pro-government gangs were beating them with sticks, knives and rocks,"continued Almasmari. "The anti-government [protesters] were almost a thousand [in number], and the pro-government gangs or protesters were less than a hundred. We were hiding in our car, but we had our car hit by a couple of rocks."

It was the fourth straight day of anti-government protests in Yemen's capital. State television reported Sunday that President Ali Abdallah Saleh has postponed an official visit to Washington planned for later this month.

Meanwhile, Yemeni opposition members have responded cautiously to offers by President Saleh to undertake various reforms. Opposition leader Mohammed Salem Basandwa is demanding outside guarantees before entering into negotiations:

He says that "from our past experience [in negotiating with the government], we have learned to insist on outside guarantees from regional, Arab and international parties" [before entering into negotiations].

Opposition parties want President Saleh to distance members of his family, including his son, from state affairs. The president recently said he would not seek re-election when his term expires in 2013. He has been president since 1978.

Groups of student protesters, who for the most part are not affiliated with the opposition parties, are demanding the immediate resignation of Saleh. Many are now chanting slogans that became popular during the Egyptian uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

 

NEW: Follow our Middle East reports on Twitter
and discuss them on our Facebook page.

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid