Monday, April 4, 2011

Yemeni police returned fire on the demonstrators, killing one person

Two Yemeni demonstrators were killed in Yemen on Sunday after being shot dead by police in the town of Taiz, south of Sana'a, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Dozens of people were injured on Sunday during protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Witnesses say that in a desperate attempt to disperse the marchers, police used live ammunition and tear gas.

Hospital sources say that around 10 people had been hit by bullets, while the majority (about 70) were suffering from tear gas asphyxiation. However, agents also used batons to beat people. For his part, Ali Abdullah Saleh has called on opponents to surrender their objectives and to end the weeks of protests.

A further sign that the president has no intention of resigning, at least in the short space of time, at your expense. "We call on the opposition coalition to end the crisis, to sit at the roadblocks, killing ...", said Saleh visiting supporters in the province of Taiz. We are ready to discuss the transfer of power, but in the peaceful and constitutional framework, "he said to chants of:" No concessions from today.

" His party also said it had not received the transition plan proposed by the opposition parties which provides that Saleh hand over power to a deputy while taking the necessary steps towards a national unity government and holding new elections. Weeks of protests inspired by the riots in Egypt and Tunisia have been collapsing Saleh.

But talking about a perennial survivor who has resisted leaving. He has received the support of the United States, who has spoken openly of their concern about who might happen to a man they see as an ally who helped to contain al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Since early February, thousands of people have been camping near the University of Sana'a, but in the last two weeks the situation has been complicated by joining these demonstrations by thousands of supporters of Saleh.

Saleh, in power for 32 years, has only said he would be willing to resign within a year after new parliamentary and presidential elections, since an abrupt departure would be chaos. The president thanked thousands of his supporters gathered near the presidential palace to make copies of the constitution.

"I congratulate them for their heroic and thanks for supporting the constitutional legitimacy," he told the crowd in a sea of people carrying portraits of him and signs in support of continuity in government. Various discussions have taken place in the last two weeks, sometimes in the presence of U.S.

ambassador. Sources say that Saleh wants to ensure that he and his family did not have to face trial on charges of corruption. The death of 52 demonstrators on 18 March, apparently at the hands of government snipers led to a series of defections among diplomats, tribal leaders and key generals, encouraging Saleh to warn against a coup he says will lead to civil war.

In total, at least 82 people have died so far in the protests.

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