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Yemeni Women Burn Traditional Veils: Saleh Still In Power Despite Promises
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Yemeni Women Burn Traditional Veils: Saleh Still In Power Despite Promises

In Sanaa, the capital city of Yemen, thousands of women gathered, some carrying banners decrying President Ali Abdullah Saleh as a butcher and killer of children. The women, frustrated by the ongoing and brutal crackdown on protestors gathered their traditional veils and scarves and set them on fire, a move that has caused a serious uproar in the strict and traditional Islamic country. But, rather than being just about the women themselves or their protest against traditional values, the move was a symbolic gesture used by the Bedouin's to signal a need for assistance from other tribesmen.

Inspired by Tawakkol Karmanis, a Yemeni activist who was recently awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, the women, have found not only their voices but their strength in numbers as they took to the city's streets demanding changes in how things are being done. The women have said that Saleh and his regime have no regard for women and children and called the silence from the tribal leaders a "disgrace". They told observers that if the men would not do anything to stop the slaugher of innocent women and children, then they would have to take the matter into their own hands.

At least sixty women have been attacked by government forces in October alone. There are also ongoing reports that government forces are raiding homes of private citizens and killing the children there, often with no reason at all.

Women have been very vocal in their protest against Saleh's strict regime, drawing his direct ire in April when he denounced the protests in the city of Sanaa as haram, the word for sin because women were seen in the presence of men there. That statement drew intense protesting from the traditionally clad women and the men who were protesting along side of them.

Yemeni forces had recently signed a cease fire agreement but that has not seemed to affect the number of clashes between protestors and the government forces. Ten people are reported dead in clashes between the two groups in Sanaa and in Taiz, as well. Renewed attacks overnight killed more than twenty five additional people.

President Saleh has again offered to sign the agreement that was reached by the Yemeni government and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council which would grant him immunity for some of the war crimes he has been accused of but he has yet to sign. Saleh had made a similar promise more than a few times since his return to the country following his recuperation in Saudi Arabia. Saleh was wounded in a rocket based attack earlier this summer and spent several weeks recovering from those wounds.


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