Saturday, 19 March 2011

2011 Yemeni protests

The 2011 Yemeni protests followed the initial stages of the Tunisian Revolution and occurred simultaneously with the 2011 Egyptian revolution[8] and other mass protests in the Arab world in early 2011. The protests were initially against unemployment, economic conditions[9] and corruption,[10] as well as against the government's proposals to modify the constitution of Yemen. The protestors' demands then escalated to calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign.

A major demonstration of over 16,000 protestors took place in Sana'a on 27 January.[11] On 2 February, President Saleh announced he would not run for reelection in 2013 and that he would not pass power to his son. On 3 February, 20,000 people protested against the government in Sana'a,[12][13] others protested in Aden,[14] in a "Day of Rage" called for by Tawakel Karman,[15] while soldiers, armed members of the General People's Congress and many protestors held a pro-government rally in Sana'a

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