Yemeni protesters in the northern city of Sa'ada (file photo)
Sat Jun 2, 2012 12:28AM GMT
Yemenis have taken to the streets across the country to call for the resignation of the government and to protest against US and Israeli interference in Yemen’s internal affairs, Press TV reports.
Demonstrations were held in Sana'a, Aden, Taizz, Ibb, and Sa’ada on Friday.
Protesters in the northern city of Sa’ada denounced the US and Israeli interference in the country’s internal affairs.
In Sa’ada, thousands of Houthi protesters shouted "Death to America, death to Israel" and called for the ouster of the US-backed Yemeni regime.
The demonstrators said they want the Yemeni government to halt its political and military cooperation with Washington and called for efforts to be made to end the violence raging across the country.
The protesters also called on the government to restructure the army and sack the relatives of deposed Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and demanded the prosecution of Saleh and his aides, accusing them of killing hundreds of demonstrators since January 2011.
Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011.
Since January 2011, Yemenis have held numerous demonstrations across the nation to call for political restructuring of the country and to demand the dismissal of members of Saleh’s regime from their government posts.