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On the road to Sanaa

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 01:55

Dec. 23 - Demonstrators march on Yemen's capital as they continue to call for change. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Demonstrators on the march towards Yemen's Capital Sanaa. Unimpressed by a deal that led to President Ali Abdullah Saleh handing over power, the demonstrators continue to call for change. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOMAN PROTESTER WEDAD AL DHOLAI SAYING: "The main objective that we want to move a message to the all world that, the people of Yemen continue the revolution, continue achieving its goals, despite any deals." The mood was almost festive for some heading into the city. But the message could not be more serious. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHEIKH MOHAMED SABEER, PROTEST ORGANIZER, SAYING : "I want to send a message to all the revolutionaries across Yemen, to organize marches towards the capital of Sana'a, in order to have the honor of participating in the eventual victory." Some of the marchers needed medical treatment for foot injuries sustained on the rough roads. An opposition-led government was set up in Yemen after Saleh agreed last month to transfer authority to his deputy president. But that has not stopped the violence. Protesters continue to demand that the government is purged of members of Saleh's family, and that Saleh himself face trial for the violence of the past 12 months. Saudi Arabia and Western powers, who backed Saleh for years as a bulwark against al Qaeda, fear that militants could strengthen their hand in the tense transition period. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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On the road to Sanaa

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 01:55