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Yemeni Protesters Call for Prosecution of Departing President

December 30, 2011

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Tens of thousands of people protested today across Yemen, demanding the prosecution of outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a challenge to a Saudi- brokered plan to resolve months of unrest.

Thousands of protesters in Sana’a shouted “you will not escape punishment” and demanded that Saleh and his relatives be tried for the killings of more than 1,140 people since the uprising in January.

Saleh agreed last month to surrender power in return for immunity. Neighboring Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council states, with backing from the U.S., mediated the agreement. Saleh said Dec. 24 he plans to leave soon for the U.S. as the Arab country prepares for a Feb. 21 election to replace him.

Thousands of Saleh supporters protested elsewhere in Sana’a in a counter-demonstration calling for commitment to the transition agreement. State-owned television stations didn’t broadcast a pro-Saleh demonstration for the first time since January.

--Editors: Mark Bentley, James Hertling

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammed Hatem in Dubai at mhatem1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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