Friday, 10 June 2011

Yemen braces for fresh protest rallies

Yemeni anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a on June 9, 2011.
Anti-government protesters in Yemen are set to hold massive demonstrations to call for the establishment of an interim ruling council to prevent Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh from returning to the country.

The protesters, who plan to take to the streets on Friday, also intend to renew their demand for an end to the nearly 33-year-old rule of President Saleh, AFP reports. 

The Yemeni protesters earlier urged the establishment of an interim council on Tuesday, when, rejuvenated by Saleh's departure to neighboring Saudi Arabia, they converged on the capital Sana'a for massive rallies. 

The Yemeni president currently remains in Saudi Arabia, where he is allegedly being treated for injuries he reportedly suffered in an attack on the Yemeni presidential palace on Friday, June 3. 

Meanwhile, supporters of Saleh are also expected to hold rallies amid reports that the Yemeni president is now out of intensive care and will be returning home within days. 

On Thursday, forces loyal to Saleh killed at least two protesters in the southwestern city of Taizz amid ongoing anti-government protests across the country. 

Anti-regime protests, which also call for an end to corruption and unemployment, have been held in Yemen's major cities since late January. 

Hundreds of Yemenis have been killed and many more injured in a brutal crackdown on popular anti-government protesters by forces of the US-backed regime

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