SANAA: Dozens of activists calling for the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed on Saturday with the regime’s supporters in Sanaa.
Plainclothes police also attacked the demonstrators who marched to the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa chanting “Ali, leave leave” and “Tunisia left, Egypt after it and Yemen in the coming future.” Yemen’s ruling party has called for dialogue with the opposition, the country’s state news agency said late on Friday, in a bid to end anti-government protests fuelled by popular unrest across the Arab World.
“We ... call for the halting of media propaganda and urge all political parties to work together to make the dialogue a success and arrange for upcoming elections,” a committee of the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) party was quoted as saying on the website of the Saba state news agency.
A female activist, Tawakel Karman, who has led several protests in Sanaa during the past week, said that a member of the security forces in civilian clothes tried to attack her with a dagger and a shoe but was held by other protestors.
“We will continue until the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime,” said Karman, who was granted parole on Monday after being held over her role in earlier protests calling for political change in Yemen.