Yemen: Opposition protests intensified against the regime of Saleh

Yemen: Opposition protests intensified against the regime of Saleh

Sanaa : Yemen | May 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM PDT
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Yemeni opposition decided on Monday to intensify their popular revolt against the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh, a day after the president refused to sign a transition agreement, and on a day that left three dead.

Violent clashes in Sanaa opposed to the police and supporters of a tribal chief who joined the rebellion, Sheikh Sadek al-Ahmar, causing three deaths and 29 wounded, medics and government.

Saleh urged the United States, an ally in the fight against terrorism, to 'lock out' after another refusal to sign the agreement for a transition of power produced by the Gulf monarchies and provides its output.

'We urge you to act and resolve this situation, "added Mark Toner, State Department spokesman.

Saleh must yield to 'immediately', said for its part the European Union, warning that otherwise "re-examine its policy towards Yemen ', in a statement released on Monday after a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.

France on Monday denounced the behavior "irresponsible and unacceptable" President Saleh, and the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia said he hoped that the transition be initialed 'as quickly as possible. "

Yemeni President threatened on Sunday evening on the opposition to a 'civil war' and refused to sign the agreement ending the crisis produced by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which provided for power output within a month.

"Our only option is to intensify the peaceful revolt and continue tightening the noose on the regime to drown," she told AFP spokesman Joint Forum (a coalition of the parliamentary opposition) Qathan Muhamad.

'The regime tries to take things to violence, but you can not drag the country into a war, "he said.

Gathered on Sunday night in Riyadh, the foreign ministers of the GCC announced that they had "decided to suspend the initiative" because of the attitude of the Yemeni President expressed 'deep concern' for the evolution of the situation.

Gulf countries called on Yemenis to give proof of "patience and wisdom 'to prevent' a catastrophe 'in the country.

The mediator sent by the GCC to Sana'a, Abdelatif Zayani, left the Yemeni capital on Sunday night without having obtained the signature of the transition agreement Saleh.

For their part, young people who camped for three weeks in Exchange Square, the epicenter of the protest movement, decided to call a general strike 'four times a week, "she told AFP one of them, Wasim to Qirshi.

The forces of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who has joined the opposition, control the north and west of the capital.

Yemen suffers a unprecedented protest movement against the regime of Saleh, in power for almost 33 years, accused of nepotism and corruption. The repression of the protests, killing at least 181 people, according to an AFP count.

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Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday offered to form a national unity government with the opposition
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday offered to form a national unity government with the opposition
egyjan25 is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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