Members of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s own tribe called for his resignation Sunday as tens of thousands of people joined a funeral procession in Yemen for protesters killed during the anti-regime uprising.
AP - Tens of thousands of people joined a funeral procession Sunday for protesters killed by government gunmen and the Yemeni president’s own tribe called on him to step down, robbing the embattled U.S.-backed leader of vital support.
Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations and its human rights minister resigned to protest the crackdown, further undermining President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saleh apparently shifted tactics in the capital, disbanding police and special forces around Sanaa University, which has been the center of the deadly crackdown, and replacing them with a largely unarmed force.
“From now on, we will be controlling the entrances and exits of the square by orders from the supreme military command,” said Lt. Col. Mohammed Hussein.
Date created : 2011-03-20