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Pro-democracy rallies continue in Yemen

Posted by on February 24, 2011 0 Comment

Sanaa: Massive pro-democracy protests persist in Yemen, as the public continue to demand the ouster of age-old regime of despotic President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On Thursday, scores of black-clad women joined demonstrators that have been staying in a tent city outside Sana’a University in the capital for the past five days in support of their demand, AFP reported.

The protest was also attended by members of the professors’ union of the university.

Saleh has already been in office for 33 years with several opposition members arguing that his long-promised reforms have not taken place.

To appease the people, Saleh recently made more political pledges and promised to leave power at the end of his term in 2013 and not to hand over the reins of power to his son.

Seven Yemeni lawmakers resigned on Wednesday to protest the government’s use of excessive violence against the mass revolt.

At least 15 people have died during Sana’a-ordered armed attacks on pro-democracy protesters.

Outrage against ruling authorities has also swept Libya, Bahrain and Jordan.

The protests have been inspired by popular revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, which toppled despotic rulers of both US-backed regimes.

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