Yemeni dictator causes bloodbath again

This video says about itself:

26 June 2011

In this Episode: Yemen’s demonstrations as told by bloggers and China’s viral traffic accident videos.

From the Voice of America:

October 15, 2011

Yemeni Troops Fire into Crowds, Dozens of Casualties

Edward Yeranian | Cairo

Security forces loyal to embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired at protesters and armed dissidents in the capital Sana’a Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens. Earlier, an airstrike in southeastern Yemen‘s Shabwa province killed at least nine people, including a number of local al-Qaida figures.

While this article is useful in documenting the bloody violence of the dictatorship in Yemen, we should not forget that its source, the Voice of America, is owned by the United States government. The article misses the background information that the Yemeni dictatorship has a long history as United States allies. Also, it uncritically repeats a claim by a spokesperson of the Saleh dictatorship that the people killed in Shabwa province are “al-Qaida”. Cynically, but truly, one may say that as soon as someone, including a civilian, is killed by the United States miltary, that individual often automatically becomes “al-Qaida”, “the second in command of Osama bin Laden”, “the son of Al-Awlaki“, “Taliban” etc. in dubious war propaganda by the Pentagon and its foreign allies, like the Yemeni dictatorship.

The VOA article includes the lies of the Saleh dictatorship blaming the opposition for their bloodbath. I am not quoting that part of their article.

Yemeni government security forces fired teargas and live rounds of ammunition into crowds of opposition supporters Saturday, causing numerous casualties. Witnesses say the government forces were attempting to stop the protesters, who were advancing towards their positions.

Arab satellite channels showed wounded young men in obvious pain as doctors and medics applied antiseptics to their wounds. Dozens of casualties were lined up on the floor of one local hospital.

The opposition march began at Sana’a University, where protesters shouted slogans against the government and carried banners calling for the resignation of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Shooting and scuffles broke out after demonstrators tried to cross into territory held by forces loyal to President Saleh along Zubeiri Street. A dissident army unit, loyal to defected army commander Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar controls the square and surrounding district where protesters are camped out. …

A Yemeni goverment official said that overnight several suspected U.S. air strikes targeted al-Qaida positions in Shabwa province killing several al-Qaida leaders including the media chief for al-Qaida’s Yemen branch and a son of slain U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

This 18 September 2011 video says about itself:

Troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, have opened fire on protesters in Sanaa, killing at least 15 people and injuring hundreds.

Yemeni security forces open fire on protesters, killing at least 4 people: here.

Yemeni security forces shot at protesters for the second day in a row today, bringing the weekend’s death toll to at least 30 in the capital alone.

Violence in Yemen’s Capital Escalates as Clashes Enter Third Day: here.

Two protesters die, hundreds hurt in Yemen clash: here.

UN condemned killing of protesters in Yemen resulting from “indiscriminate use of force by Yemeni security forces”: here.

Amnesty says no immunity for Yemen President Saleh: here.

The women behind the Arab Spring: here.

2 thoughts on “Yemeni dictator causes bloodbath again

  1. Women Protest in Yemen’s Capital After Killings

    Thousands of women demonstrated in front of Yemen’s foreign ministry in the capital, Sanaa, Monday, demanding U.N. intervention in the ongoing unrest in the Persian Gulf nation, CNN reported Oct. 17. The protest comes a day after a female protester became the first woman killed in a demonstration against the government. The women called for sanctions against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and asked that he be tried by the International Criminal Court.


  2. Pingback: Yemen’s revolution and drone war | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.