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Out in force in Yemen

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 01:54

June 20 - Hundreds of protesters are back on the streets of Sanaa as they continue to call for the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Out in force in Yemen. Hundreds of protesters march through the Capital city Sanaa. They continue to call for the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime. On Friday Saleh's government vowed that the wounded leader, under treatment in Saudi Arabia after he was injured in an attack in Yemen, would return home within days. Demonstrators are calling for a transitional government SOUNDBITE: Protester Mohammed Al Sofiani, saying (Arabic): "We came out today to renew our demand for the transitional council to oversee this phase, which God willing, will lead to the establishment of a modern Yemeni state," , Months of protests against Saleh's three-decade rule culminated in open warfare in the capital Sanaa last month, after he backed out of a series of deals crafted to ease the Yemeni leader from power. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified demonstrator, saying (Arabic): "'Oh ben (sons of) Saud, Ali Saleh shall not return. Oh ben (sons of) Saud, Ali Saleh shall not return.' The people want a transitional council. This is the desire of the people and the world needs to know this, whether they want it or not," said one woman who did not give her name. Yemen straddles key oil export routes and has been a cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Saudi Arabia and Western countries fear protracted chaos could give al Qaeda a foothold in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.

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Out in force in Yemen

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 01:54