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article imageWomen in Yemen burn their veils in protest of Saleh's regime

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 27, 2011 in World
Sanaa - Hundreds of women gathered in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Wednesday and burnt their full body veils in protest against the regime of President Saleh.
The death of Col. Gaddafi has emboldened protesters in Yemen where a popular uprising is underway against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. IBN reported chants of “Gaddafi is gone, you’re next, oh butcher” have resonated from crowds in Sanaa, the scene of clashes that led to more civilian deaths on Tuesday. On Wednesday hundreds of women in the Yemeni capital made their own protest by burning their veils.
According to Aljazeera women have been singled out by snipers in recent days and executed. In a cry to prevent further assaults against protestors the women gathered and threw their full body veils (makrama) onto a black oil cloth sprayed with oil which they set ablaze. As the fire burned they called out “who will protect Yemeni women from the thugs, who will stand for us?” Additionally they distributed leaflets which read “"This is a plea from the free women of Yemen; here we burn our makrama in front of the world to witness the bloody massacres carried by the tyrant Saleh.” Other women removed their full face veils “claiming they wanted to die uncovered, proof of the shamelessness of Saleh’s regime” the Yemen Post reported.
The women were not only protesting against Saleh, but against General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar who defected to the side of the protestors but is perceived as not doing enough to protect the protesters. One woman called “Did he send help? No. Did he retaliate? No. We are the mother, daughter and sister of Yemen, men owe us protection; they should lay down their lives to protect us. Shame on whoever lays a hand on a woman or a child.”Amidst the chaos of clashes between protesters and government forces, armed Islamists are taking control of some areas in Yemen, fuelling an already volatile situation.
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