Sunday, April 3, 2011

Two shot dead in Yemen of the police in a protest

The repression of a demonstration against the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left this morning two new dead and dozens injured in Taiz, 250 miles south of Sanaa. Neither the incident nor the civil disobedience since Saturday has paralyzed the port city of Aden have taken a toll on Saleh. The president has asked the opposition to stop their protests to negotiate a "peaceful transfer of power." "We ask the opposition coalition to end the crisis by ending the sit-ins, road blockades and murder, in addition to the state of rebellion in some military units," Saleh said a group of supporters in Taiz.

Almost at the same time these cheered him, shouting "No more concessions from today!" Hundreds of women took the main street of Taiz ask you to leave. The police intervention, with batons, tear gas and shots into the air, attracted many men to support the demonstration. The two dead were among 10 people wounded by gunfire.

Dozens more were treated for respiratory problems because of the gases. "We have surrounded with armored vehicles and tanks. For three hours have been shooting (outdoor) and tear gas to break up the protest," said activist Maqtari Bushra to the agency. The population of Taiz, considered the cultural capital of Yemen, was among the first to mobilize against the regime of Saleh following the example of Tunisia and Egypt.

Since mid-February, a group of young people organized a camp at Liberty Square even before the protest in Sanaa reached critical mass. But href = "http://www.. Com/articulo/internacional/muertos/jornada/protestas/Yemen/elpepuint/20110218elpepuint_10/Tes" target = "_blank"> since February there was only one death, due to launch unknown a grenade into the crowd.

Given that the demonstrations do not achieve the desired effect, Aden opposition groups have launched a campaign of civil disobedience. For the second consecutive day, the capital of the South remained almost deserted and most shops closed. Many southerners complain that their region has been marginalized from the country's unification in 1990 and some do not hide their sympathy for the separatist movement that wants to regain independence for the former Democratic Republic of Yemen.

Two weeks ago after the killing of 52 people in Sana'a, there was a time when it seemed that Saleh was ready to leave the presidency and even started to negotiate the terms. However, since then, the president is dedicated to mobilize their supporters, making it clear they do not plan to resign.

The "peaceful transfer of power" is referred to early elections from 2013 to 2012 and oversee the process until then.

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