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Defiance in Yemen

Monday, July 04, 2011 - 02:01

July 4 - Hundreds of anti-government protesters are back on the streets as President Salaeh clings to power and amid unrest in the south. Dewborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Defiance on the streets of Sanaa As Yemen's president clings to power demonstrators continue to take to the streets calling for an end of the regime SOUNDBITE: Protester Nabil Ahmed, saying (Arabic): "We came out to show solidarity with our brothers from Sanaa and from all governments of the republic of Yemen, to say that we are one hand and one heart to overthrow the regime." The fractious Arabian Peninsula state has been paralyzed by six-months of mass protests against Saleh's three-decade rule. The southern Abyan province has descended into violence with militants suspected of ties to al Qaeda seizing two cities. Many fled their homes. SOUNDBITE: Jehad al Jafri, saying (Arabic): "The people of Abyan are innocent of what is happening. The vice president should solve the issues related to Abyan, and return displaced persons to their places [homes]. They fled to Aden and they lack food and medicine. The vice president and Yemeni officials are not doing anything." The United States and neighboring Saudi Arabia fear a power vacuum in a country which hosts an al Qaeda branch that has launched failed attacks on U.S. and Saudi targets. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Defiance in Yemen

Monday, July 04, 2011 - 02:01