Yemen protesters demand Saleh trial, denounce gov't

December 22, 2011 19:48


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SANAA - Thousands of Yemenis marched toward the capital on Thursday, to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh face trial for killing protesters during 11 months of demonstrations against him, and to denounce a new government that would spare him prosecution.

The United Nations, which endorsed a pact brokered by Yemen's wealthier neighbors to stave off civil war by easing Saleh from power, said he would need medical treatment abroad while the country prepares to elect a successor.

The struggle over Saleh's fate has rekindled the poor country's multiple conflicts, and fanned fears in Washington that the Yemeni wing of al-Qaida could grow stronger if the Arabian Peninsula state descends further into chaos.

"The goal is to bring down the regime and try its figures, to refuse giving Saleh and his aides any parliamentary immunity," said Waddah al-Adeeb, an organizer of the march which set out from the southern city of Taiz earlier this week.

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