Friday, August 22, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yemenis protest in capital, call for government to resign, brokered deal that removed Saleh is threatened-Reuters

8/22/14, "Tens of thousands of Yemeni Houthis protest against government in capital," Reuters, by Mohammed Ghobari
Yemeni Shiite Muslims protest in capital, 8/22/14

"Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called for by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies.

Earlier this week, the Houthis mobilized tens of thousands of supporters in Sanaa and warned they would resort to "legitimate pressure tactics" if authorities did not comply with their demands by Friday....

On Friday, the demonstrators gathered in a main street that leads to the airport, chanting "the people want the fall of the government" as well as slogans against cutting fuel subsidies.

Some protest organizers said they would set up tents near the interior and telecommunications ministries in a street that leads to Sanaa's airport until their demands are met....

The Gulf Cooperation Council, which brokered a deal that eased former President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, said it rejected any attempts "aimed at undermining the political process in Yemen" and condemned the "unfortunate events taking place in Sanaa and the threat of using escalating measures"."

Image: "Followers of the Shi'ite Houthi group pray during a rally to denounce fuel price hikes and to demand for the resignation of the government in Sanaa August 22, 2014. RUETERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi"


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