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Yemenis vow to end Saleh's reign

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 01:23

May 4 - Protesters continue to call for the downfall of the Yemen president and one woman says if the men can't do it, they will drag Ali Abdullah Saleh from the palace themselves. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Protests continue in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday. The demonstrators are demanding the immediate exit of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for 32 years. Crowds of men dance and chant, "Leave, leave!" On Saturday Saleh refused to sign a Gulf-mediated deal to ease him out and defuse the political stalemate. A female protester says if their men can't get rid of the president, they will do it themselves. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UM OMAR, WOMAN PROTESTER: "We asked him to leave with respect, but after he killed so many people and tried to underestimate us, he has no choice. He must step down before we go to him inside the palace and take him out. I swear to God, if the men do not do it, we will do it. We will go to his palace with our children and drag him and his children out." The peaceful demonstrations are fuelled by crushing poverty and soaring unemployment, and have gained steam since January. Washington wants to avert chaos in the impoverished state, fearing it would benefit the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Yemenis vow to end Saleh's reign

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 01:23