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Anti-government demos in Yemen

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 00:43

July 20 - Thousands rally in Yemeni capital against President Saleh. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in the Yemeni capital Sanaa Tuesday calling for the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen's mainstream opposition coalition said on Tuesday it would set up a "National Council for the Forces of the Revolution" to lead efforts to oust Saleh and end months of violence. The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) made the decision just days after youth groups and activists who have been at the forefront of six months of pro-democracy protests formed their own 17-member "transitional council" in a bid to force out Saleh. The formation of two interim councils could further splinter Yemen's opposition in the fractious Arabian Peninsula country where Saleh, who survived a bomb attack in June, is clinging to 33 years of power. A popular uprising against 69-year-old Saleh began in January and fighting between government forces and opposition supporters has taken place in a number of parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

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Anti-government demos in Yemen

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 00:43