Wednesday, June 1, 2011

At least 12 dead and dozens wounded by Yemeni forces

Madrid .- At least a dozen demonstrators have been killed and dozens were wounded by gunfire from the Yemeni security forces attacked thousands of people who had gathered in the early hours of Tuesday at a point in the city of Taiz, south Sana'a, to re-occupy the place of Liberty, evacuated by security forces on Sunday night to Monday, according to the Yemen Post.

"Police fired mercilessly against peaceful, unarmed demonstrators when they regrouped to return to the plaza. At least a dozen have been killed and dozens wounded," he told the newspaper Abdul Aziz Othman, a journalist who was with the protesters. Security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have skyrocketed "bullets against people with machine guns from armored vehicles blocked the streets preventing people from entering in Taiz," he explained.

After the police assault, the protesters dispersed. On the night of Sunday to Monday, security forces had broken into the Liberty Square, where thousands of people remained camped to demand the resignation of Salé for months and had dismantled the camp by force. As pointed out on Tuesday the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, police intervention would have left up to 50 deaths.

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