Yemeni activists stage fresh anti-government rally in Sanaa
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
SANAA ”“ Hundreds of anti-government protesters staged Tuesday a demonstration against the government of Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa, demanding a new "technocratic" cabinet be formed.
Organized by Yemen's Revolutionary Salvation Front and Shiite Houthi group, the rally marched on Sanaa's iconic Taghyeer Square, chanting against the current government and "international protectorate," citing a recent UN Security Council resolution which authorized sanctions on "individuals and parties undermining the peaceful transition process in Yemen."
Protesters decried the current government's "negligence" in providing necessary services, especially security, amid increasing attacks targeting security officials.
A number of disgruntled security officials also took part in the march to demand the resignation of the interior and defense ministers whom they held responsible for the recent violence uptick.
"The current top security officials are corrupt and they should be sacked immediately," said Colonel Naguib al-Mansouri who was among Tuesday's protesters.
Yemen has witnessed recurrent anti-government demonstrations since the third anniversary of the Yemeni uprising in February.
The Arab Spring country has remained in a state of chaos since the ouster of incumbent president Ali Abdullah Saleh in early 2012.
By Ali Oweida
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