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Yemeni Protesters Take to Streets to Celebreate Qaddafi’s Death

October 20, 2011

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sana’a tonight to celebrate the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and call for the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule.

“Hey, Ali after Qaddafi,” the protesters chanted in the so-called Change Square camp, outside Sana’a University. The demonstators broke out in dance and followed the developments in Libya on televisions.

“The end of Qaddafi has given us a strong boost that regardless of how much time our revolt will take, we will win and the fate of Saleh will be like that of Qaddafi,” Maher al- Haidari, a protester, said in an interview.

Demonstrations began in the Arab world’s poorest country in February, inspired by revolts that ousted the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, and deepened with military and tribal leaders joining the opposition. Efforts by Gulf Arab countries to broker a power-transfer agreement have failed.

Heavy clashes resonated in northern parts of Sana’a today as security forces loyal to Saleh fought tribes opposed to him.

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