Women call for change in Yemen

Women take to the streets of Sanaa joining call for change in Yemen.

By REUTERS
June 26, 2011 12:00
Yemeni women protest President Saleh's rule.

Yemeni women protest_311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Yemeni women took to the streets last week demanding calls for change in the country.

Like their male counterparts, they have looked for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule and want to see a transitional government.

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"We hope that all negotiations will stop and we will start forming a transitional council as a first step to establish a civil state. We refuse completely any form of external guardianship especially the American and the Gulf guardianship. We started this as a revolution and it will end as a revolution," protester Najoud al-Magtari said.

The UN said it will send human rights investigators to Yemen next week to assess the situation after months of unrest.

The United States and regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia are worried that Yemen, rocked by months of popular protests, could slide into violence that would be exploited by al-Qaida to launch attacks in the region and beyond.

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