Bahrain, Yemen, Libya

Posted on | februari 17, 2011 | No Comments

Funeral in Manama for a man killed a day earlier

Wednesday saw more than 1,000 people attend the funeral in Manama of a man who was killed on Tuesday during clashes with police at the funeral of another protester. Mourners chanted slogans calling for the removal of the government. Meanwhile the numbers of those who had camped out overnight in Manama’s Pearl Square were swelled by many who joined the protests throughout the day. The protesters say the wwant to turn Pearl Square into a kind of Tahrir Square, like in Cairo. Security forces have pulled back to ease tensions after previous days’ clashes.

Police shot and killed two protesters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden. One of them was hit in the back. Meanwhile in the capital Sanaa protests against the rule of president Ali Abdallah Saleh continued for a sixth straight day. The police in Aden fired into the air to try to break up around 500 protesters. The demonstrators hurled stones, set tyres and vehicles on fire and stormed a municipal building. At least four people were arrested Protesters chanted “The people want to overthrow the regime” and “It’s time to leave, Ali”.

In Sana’a, at least 10 protesters were hurt amid clashes between students demanding the ouster of President Saleh and supporters of Saleh’s ruling General People’s Congress. Hundreds of students who had set off for Al-Sabiine square near the presidential palace, were attacked by a like number of Saleh loyalists armed with batons, stones and daggers.

Elsewhere in Sanaa, a sit-in outside the justice ministry by judges demanding greater independence for the judiciary and the sacking of the entire Supreme Judicial Council, including the justice minister, went into its second day. The judges, who have come to Sanaa from all over Yemen, also want higher salaries. Elsewhere workers gathered at several state-owned companies in Sana’a to demand that their managers step down.They also called for higher wages.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have clashed with police and government supporters in Libya’s second city Benghazi. Dozens of people are said to have been hurt in the clashes. The overnight unrest followed the arrest of an outspoken government critic, who was reportedly freed later. State TV showed demonstrations in several cities said to be in support of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The unrest comes a day before planned anti-government demonstrations on Thursday, dubbed a “Day of Anger”, which are being organised via internet social networks.

AUTHOR: Martin Hijmans


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