Thu Sep 8, 2011

Thousands of people in Yemen have staged yet more anti-regime demonstrations in the southern flashpoint city of Taizz and the central city of Bayda, Press TV reports.

The protesters took to the streets on Thursday to renew the call for the downfall of the regime of Yemen’s embattled ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They were chanting slogans in support of the popular revolution in the country, vowing to continue their peaceful protest gatherings until they braced victory.

The rallies come latest in the months-long popular revolt against the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh since January.

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen’s major cities, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding Saleh’s ouster.

Hundreds of people have been killed and many more injured during the unrest as a result of the brutal crackdown on anti-government protests by military forces and loosely-organized individuals loyal to Saleh.

On Thursday, media reports said the Yemeni opposition called for massive protests against Saleh’s rule after Friday Prayers, urging people to pour into the streets of the capital, Sana’a and other cities across the country to protest “lies by the Yemeni regime.”

Saleh has been receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia since early in June for the wounds he sustained in a rocket attack on his palace by tribal fighters siding with the opposition.

Meanwhile, there have been ongoing talks with the Saleh regime to negotiate a power-transfer plan in a bid to end months of anti-regime protests. But a defiant Saleh, who has been in power in Yemen over the past 33 years, has refused calls to give in to popular demands.

Source: PressTV.