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Yemenis hold demos denouncing US, Israeli meddling

Yemeni protesters (file photo)

By PressTV | 9 Jun 2012

Yemenis have taken to the streets across the country to protest against US and Israeli interference in Yemen’s internal affairs and to call for the resignation of the government, Press TV reports.

On Friday, huge demonstrations were held in the capital Sana’a, the southern city of Taiz, and the northern city of Sa’ada.

The demonstrators denounced the United States and Israel, saying that they want the Yemeni government to cut its political and military ties with Washington and efforts must be made to end the violence raging across the country.

The protesters also called on the government to restructure the army and sack the relatives of deposed Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and demanded the prosecution of Saleh and his aides, accusing them of killing hundreds of demonstrators since January 2011.

Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011.

Since January 2011, Yemenis have held numerous demonstrations across the nation to call for political restructuring of the country and to demand the dismissal of members of Saleh’s regime from their government posts.



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