Yemen dictator keeps killing his own people

This video says about itself:

Yemen Expands Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Movement, Deports Journalists

Anti-government protests are swelling in Yemen amidst U.S.-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s refusal to step down after more than 32 years in power. On Monday, dozens were wounded after state forces opened fire on demonstrators in Marib province. As unrest grows, the Yemeni government is cracking down on international media coverage of the protests. Four journalists, including two U.S. citizens, were arrested and deported on Monday. We speak with Yemeni activist and blogger in Sana’a, Atiaf Alwazir, and to Gregory Johnsen, a Near Eastern studies scholar at Princeton University currently in Cairo. [includes rush transcript]

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Protests escalate in Yemen

Thursday 28 April 2011

Hundreds of thousands rallied across Yemen on Thursday after soldiers gunned down 12 peaceful protesters the previous day in Sanaa.

Demonstrators defied heavy rains to condemn the brutal crackdown by forces loyal to US-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh in several cities including Taiz and in Saada.

Security forces backed by snipers on rooftops had fired into a massive crowd of about 100,000 people in the capital on Wednesday, killing 12 and wounding around 190.

Opposition parties said it was a massacre and a crime against humanity committed by Mr Saleh and his relatives.

Demonstrator Nashwan al-Badani said: “We were massing peacefully along the state television building and suddenly I heard gunfire whizzing by. People began to panic and fall to the ground as they stampeded to escape.”

Security forces and militiamen loyal to Mr Saleh have killed around 150 people since protests against his rule erupted in early February.

The embattled leader’s party has signed up to a plan drawn up by the six-member state Gulf Co-operation Council, which calls on Mr Saleh to transfer power to his vice-president in order to pave the way for the formation of a government of national unity.

Under the initiative the president would submit his resignation to parliament within 30 days. A presidential election would follow two months later.

Amnesty insisted on Thursday that Mr Saleh must not be granted immunity from prosecution under the plan, which has yet to be formally accepted by him or the opposition.

Senior Amnesty activist Malcolm Smart said: “Saleh must not be allowed to evade accountability for the long catalogue of human r[ights violations”.]

Deadly attack on Yemeni protesters undermines reform plans: here.

4 thoughts on “Yemen dictator keeps killing his own people

  1. 4 protesters get death sentences

    Bahrain: A military tribunal in the Gulf kingdom has convicted four people and sentenced them to death for killing two policemen during the US-backed government’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests last month.

    The men were tried behind closed doors on charges of premeditated murder of government employees.

    Bahrain Centre for Human Rights head Nabeel Rajab dismissed the trial as a farce and warned that the executions “will deepen the gap between the ruling elite and the population.”


  2. Crackdown demo by Bahrain pilots

    Politics: The Gatwick-based Oxford Aviation Academy suspended seven trainee airline pilots from Bahrain today after they attended a peaceful demonstration in London against their government’s violent crackdown on dissent.

    The trainees’ lessons were cancelled after a request by the Bahraini authorities, who have told them to return home immediately and face questioning.

    Some said they would stay in Britain, fearing arrest and torture if they went home.


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