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A call for peace in Yemen

Friday, August 05, 2011 - 02:00

Aug. 5 - Tens of thousands of Yemeni demonstrators take to the streets calling for a peaceful end of the regime. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Tens of thousands took to the streets of Yemen's Capitol City of Sanaa determined to bring a peaceful end to their demand for the government to step down. Buntings and lights adorn Sanaa's "Change Square" to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The square has been at the center of a sit-in for the past six months. But the festive atmosphere has not distracted the protesters from their goal -- the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The veteran leader is still in power -- even though he is in Saudi Arabia, recovering from an attack on his palace in June. SOUNDBITE: Protester, Waleed al-Amari, saying (Arabic): "This is our revolution, it has been blessed by God and it will not be crushed and the changing weather will not change anything. this revolution has started and it will not end. We will not accept a half revolution or be pushed backward -- a half revolution is suicide and being pushed back is a betrayal to the blood of the martyrs. We will persist until victory." . President Saleh has backed out of a Gulf-brokered power transition plan three times. He has vowed to return to Yemen and lead a dialogue. In a Ramadan greeting to his countrymen, he reiterated the call to dialogue -- but the opposition has ignored his offer, sticking to the streets. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.

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A call for peace in Yemen

Friday, August 05, 2011 - 02:00