One Killed, Four Wounded in Aden Protests
November 29, Aden: One person was killed and several wounded when Yemeni soldiers prevented thousands of protesters from reaching the site of an anti-regime demonstration.
Scores of Central Security units and army battalions were deployed in the early morning hours Thursday, stopping pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the roads leading to the location of the sit-in. Some oppositionists estimate that well over 100,000 people were turned back.
Yemeni President Saleh was also in Aden and delivered an address in May 22 Stadium to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen’s independence from British occupation. One kilometer away from the President’s rally, tens of thousands of anti-regime protesters held their demonstration at al-Hashimi Station in Sheik Othman city.
The demonstrators criticized the discriminatory policies and practices of the regime in Sana’a, which was victorious after the 1994 civil war. The crowds also demanded that the ruling regime release all citizens arrested during the wave of sit-ins that rocked the southern governorates since May.
In field developments, one person was killed and four wounded at the “Dar-Saad” checkpoint when soldiers attempted to prevent the protesters from reaching Aden. Sources indicated the man who fell at the Dar-Saad checkpoint was killed by helicopter gunfire sprayed on the people below.
Update: Several witnesses report the security forces deployed tear gas on the demonstrators at three o’clock in the afternoon.