Protests [#47] in Yemen are spiralling out of control as they enter their sixth consecutive day, with pro-democracy protesters and government loyalists clashing in Sanaa, the capital, and in the southern port city of Aden. ...
"Out of control"? Govern yourselves, then!
Mohammed Ali Alwani was among two people hit as police fired shots into the air to try to break up around 500 protesters gathered in the port town.
Despite thousands of police being deployed across Sanaa, dozens of students demanding the president's ouster clashed with government supporters at Sanaa university.
Demonstrators were set upon by hundreds of loyalists armed with batons, stones and daggers [just like The Battle of Tahrir Square], shortly after they set off from the university towards al-Sabiine square [#38].
The Reuters news agency said one student had been wounded in the clashes while AFP said three journalists were beaten up by supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, near the university.
Protesters accused government "thugs" of "brutally" attacking them and charged the assailants including plainclothes police.
"The thugs and supporters of the ruling party ... [want to] massacre" the students, Radwan Masud, head of the university's student union, said.
He vowed that the students will "continue their revolt and will not be hindered by the ruling party's actions".
Similar clashes have taken place on a daily basis this week as protesters, inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, demand Saleh's ouster.
On Tuesday, police in Sanaa dispersed clashes between regime supporters and a crowd of anti-government protesters that left three wounded. Similar scenes also occurred in Taez, south of the capital.
On Monday, rocks and batons flew in the capital as the protesters, mainly students and lawyers, clashed with police and Saleh's supporters. Police also clashed with protesters in Sanaa on Sunday.
A sit-in [#162] by hundreds of judges demanding greater independence of the judiciary and the ouster of the Supreme Judicial Council, meanwhile, went into its second day outside the justice ministry in Sanaa.
The judges who have poured into Sanaa from around Yemen said they want all the members of the Supreme Judicial Council, including the justice minister, to be sacked. They also are demanding higher salaries. ... [As in Pakistan, where legal professionals are fighting our client regime there.]
The protests have been continuing despite Saleh's pledge not to seek another term in 2013.
Military ties between the US and Saleh's administration have grown stronger in recent months, as the country struggles with the increasing militancy of a secessionist movement in the south, as well as unrest provoked by rising food prices, unemployment reaching 40 per cent - and demands for human rights to be recognised.
One of those human rights being, well, to eat. Not on the list for our elites, of course, no more than there's a right to shelter (foreclosure) or anything else that gives live (DISemployment). "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
NOTE I should say that obviously, the Egyptian Revolution was not without violence. But so far as I can determine, the Egyptians: (1) Viewed NV as a doctrine, strategically, (2) did not initiate it (with the exception of attacking the ruling party headquarters and the Ministry of Information, and heck, if you're a revolutionary, that's the rulez), and (3) therefore retained, at all times, the moral and the tactical initiative. They drove the story with NV. So when I hear "clashes," I think "self-indulgence" and the waste of lives in a venture of FAIL. Despite the endorphin release from hurling rocks, or whatever. Let us remember that we have a lot of evidence that the overwhelming emotions in Tahrir Square were joy and happiness. Those are the emotions we seek, may even have forgotten (depression is depressing...). Call me timorous...