July 3 - Hundreds of Yemenis protest against President Al Abdullah Saleh's regime, pressuring the leader to relinquish power. Simon Hanna reports.
Yemen's president may be out of the country, but that hasn't stopped protests against his rule in the capital. Ali Abdullah Saleh is still recovering in neighbouring Saudi Arabia from wounds he suffered during an assassination attempt last month. He has signalled he plans to cling to power - something these protesters flatly reject. Instead the demonstrators want opposition parties to form a transitional council to begin charting a path towards a democracy. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MALE PROTESTER SAMER AL BADRI: "My message as a young person to the opposition parties is to come out from behind the scenes, under the tables, come out onto the streets so we can be hand in hand. We're not excluding anyone, but we will be hand in hand to form a transitional council." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FEMALE PROTESTER ABEER ABDUL RAZIK: "We don't mind a transitional council under the chairmanship of the opposition parties if it will fix Yemen's problems and crises. If it would fix the situation then we'll be happy with this." Yemen has been rocked by months of protests by tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding Saleh end his 33-year reign. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia fear Islamic militants might exploit unrest in the country. Both have urged Saleh to step down under a plan proposed by Gulf Arab states. Simon Hanna, Reuters.