Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Where is the Arab League on Yemen?

Today Yemenis have again taken to the streets in mass protest. Although last week President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally signed an agreement to step down from power, his protectors in Saudi Arabia will likely shield him from being held accountable for the bloodshed that continues to ravage Yemen. In fact Saleh has claimed amnesty for all of those who committed violence during the popular uprising. So why does the Arab League focus its attention only on Syria? Of course the question is a rhetorical one. But such inconsistencies in justice are only going to set the stage for future violence in the region.

Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Yemen, Demanding Trial for President Saleh

Mass protests in the capital Sanaa, Taiz, Aden, and other cities call for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to face trial for charges ranging from corruption to deadly crackdowns on protests.

By The Associated Press
29 November 2011

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are demonstrating across the country to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh face trial for charges ranging from corruption to deadly crackdowns on protests.

Similar demonstrations have taken place since Saleh returned to Yemen Saturday night from the Saudi capital Riyadh after signing a power transfer deal last week.

Also Tuesday, a security official said at least 25 people were killed in fighting between Hawthi Shiites and ultraconservative Salafis in the northern province of Saada in a local dispute.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with security rules.

Saleh signed a transition deal last week, under which he transferred his powers to Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after 33 years in office and 10 months of protests that have brought the country to the edge of civil war.

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