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Protests continue as fighting ebbs in Yemen

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 02:15

May 28 - Anti-government protests continue in Yemen following an informal ceasefire. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A familiar sound in Sanaa. Demonstrations continue in Yemen even after the fighting stops. The outcry comes after an informal ceasefire between government forces and tribal groups. SOUNDBITE: Protester, Saba'a al-Hathri, saying (Arabic): "The issue of a civil war will end if Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down, and departed from the Yemen, and left for the Yemeni people to decide their own destiny, the Yemeni people Declared from the beginning , that the people's revolution, is a peaceful and popular revolution." Fighting this week killed more than 100, leaving behind the marks of war in the capital city of Sanaa. The latest fighting pitted President Ali Abdullah Saleh's security forces against members of a powerful Hashed tribe. The ceasefire applies only to a specific area in Sanaa -- a city now split between the two sides. On Saturday, tribe members survey the damage. SOUNDBITE: Unnamed Protester, saying (Arabic): "We want free and transparent elections. Ali Abdullah Saleh did not do anything for the people. He ruled for 33 years. Why is that? Does he think that he is an Imam of Imams? The people feel lost. He (the president) oppressed us and caused us pain in our hearts" There are worries that impoverished Yemen, where some 40 percent of the country's 23 million people live on less than $2 a day, could become a failed state. The United States and Saudi Arabia, both targets of foiled attacks by the Yemen wing of al Qaeda, are concerned any spread of anarchy could embolden the militant group. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Protests continue as fighting ebbs in Yemen

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 02:15