Saturday, 19 March 2011

Arrests and repression

On 23 January, Tawakel Karman was detained and charged with "'inciting disorder and chaos' and organising unauthorised demonstrations and marches".[98] Karman was a leader of two student rallies in Sana'a and called for the overthrow of Saleh's regime.[23] Her husband said her whereabouts were not known.[23] Several hundred students protested outside Sanaa University demanding her release.[23] Thousands of people protested against the arrest of Karman and other protestors by a sit-in outside of the prosecutor's office. She was freed 30 hours after her arrest on parole, with the condition not to violate "public order and the law".[98] Karman returned to participating in demonstrations hours after her release.[98]

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Yemeni journalists are facing increasing harassment.[99] On 14 March, security forces raided an apartment shared by four Western journalists and deported them. Reporters Without Borders condemned the move, noting that two other foreign journalists were deported two days earlier. New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists also condemned the expulsions, adding that two Yemeni journalists informed them that a group of 20 people, believed to be government supporters, went to the Journalists Syndicate in Sanaa a day earlier and threatened to burn it down

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