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Yemeni women burn veils in protest against government crackdown

Arab World Materials 27 October 2011 00:13
Thousands of Yemeni women set their traditional veils on fire in the capital Sana'a on Wednesday in protest against a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, DPA reported.
Yemeni women burn veils in protest against government crackdown

Thousands of Yemeni women set their traditional veils on fire in the capital Sana'a on Wednesday in protest against a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, DPA reported.

The women chanted: "Oh world! Where is your conscience. Stop the killing of free women."

Meanwhile, forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired artillery shells and rockets at the district of Arhab in northern Sana'a, according to the opposition. There were no reports of casualties.

Yemenis have taken to the streets since February, demanding an end to Saleh's 33-year rule.

At least 1,480 people were killed in the Arabian Peninsula country between February and September, according to government figures.

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