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Yemeni president says US and Israel behind unrest

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Askari Kanzu, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Huyu jamaa amekula sahani moja na wamarekani vipi sasa anajifanya mjuwaji!

    Yemeni president says US and Israel behind unrest

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    AP – An anti-government protestor reacts as he and other demonstrators shout slogans during a demonstration …

    By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press – 30 mins ago
    SANAA, Yemen – Yemen's embattled U.S.-backed president accused Washington on Tuesday of instigating protests against his regime, as hundreds of thousands marched in cities across Yemen in the largest rallies yet seeking the longtime ruler's ouster.

    President Ali Abdullah Saleh's allegations, unprecedented in their harshness, signaled a growing rift with the United States that could hurt a joint campaign against the al-Qaida terror network in Yemen.

    Saleh's comments Tuesday, including charges that the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Sanaa is giving instructions to the protesters, appeared to be part of an attempt to silence the calls for his resignation. Saleh has come under mounting pressure to step down since anti-government protests erupted a month ago.

    In another sign of defiance, Saleh fired five of Yemen's 22 provincial governors Tuesday, a government official said. Three of the governors were dismissed for criticizing Saleh's crackdown on protesters, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the reasons for the decison.

    Opposition parties joined for the first time Tuesday, and organizers said they brought hundreds of thousands into the streets in cities across Yemen for the largest turnout yet.

    In Sanaa, tens of thousands rallied near the university, chanting "the people want the downfall of the regime."

    Sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zindani, considered by the U.S. to be linked to the al-Qaida terror network, led noon prayers and warned the government not to use force against demonstrators. " We hail the peaceful revolution of the youths and their legitimate demands and rights," he said. "Go on until you achieve your demands." Yaseen Said Nouman, leader of the Socialist Party, which ruled south Yemen before merging with the north in 1990, also joined the rally. The Socialist party is the biggest opposition party in the south.

    About 6,000 government supporters held a counter march in Sanaa, raising pictures of Saleh and shouting "No to anarchy, no to destruction." Yemen is a key battleground against al-Qaida, and Saleh has been a weak, but important partner for Washington. His government, which receives millions of dollars in U.S. military aid, has allowed American drone strikes on al-Qaida targets. However, in a speech to about 500 students and academics at Sanaa University, Saleh appeared to be turning on his ally, claiming the U.S., along with Israel, is behind the protest movement.

    "I am going to reveal a secret," he said. "There is an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world. The operations room is in Tel Aviv and run by the White House," he said.

    He said opposition figures meet regularly with the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa to coordinate efforts.

    "Regrettably those (opposition figures) are sitting day and night with the American ambassador where they hand him reports and he gives them instructions," Saleh alleged.

    "The Americans also talk with the government officials about this (the protests), but they tell them `allow these people to demonstrate in the streets'," Saleh said. "We say that this is a Zionist agenda."

    The wave of political unrest sweeping across the Arab world is a "conspiracy that serves Israel and the Zionists," he added.

    Saleh accused President Barack Obama of meddling in the affairs of Arab countries. "Why is he interfering? Is he the president of the United States or the president of the Arab world?"
    Saleh said.

    The president reiterated that he will not relinquish power and lashed out at the opposition for rebuffing his call Monday to set up a national unity government. "The opposition is bankrupt and possesses no programs," he said.

    Saleh has said he will not step down before presidential elections in 2013.
    Tuesday's large turnout at the anti-government rallies was driven, in part, by a decision of key opposition parties to join the protests. Last week, Saleh was also abandoned by chiefs from his own tribe.

    Protester organizers reported crowds of tens of thousands each in five locations. A total of eight protesters were hurt in clashes with police in the provincial towns of Hudeidah and Sayoun.
  2. MaxShimba

    MaxShimba JF-Expert Member

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    Israel, keep it up.
  3. newmzalendo

    newmzalendo JF-Expert Member

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    I had said the same theory ,Israel wamegundua Gas reserve ktk bahari yao,inabidi wabadili geopolitical landscape ,kwa msaada wa balozi za marekani ktk nchi za warabu wamefanikiwa kuchange regime in Egypt,Tunisia,no libya.
    Freedom to Palestine is now gone forever
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    Joss JF-Expert Member

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    Waarabu wamekuwa wakitumia Israel kama propaganda ya kulinda umoja katika nchi zao, sasa inafikia kipindi wananchi wanona huu ni ujinga, Israel hawasababishi maisha magumu,hawa watungii sheria wala kuwatawala. Wamejua ni uzembe wa viongozi wao na si Israel.
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    Yegomasika JF-Expert Member

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    Its easier to blame the situation from outside rather inside. Perhaps the younger generation is deciding that they don't want to live poor and destitute lives; or allow the very few to control all of the wealth and power.
  6. Askari Kanzu

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    Powerful Cleric Joins Protest to Urge Islamic Rule in Yemen
    Published: March 1, 2011
    Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images

    SANA, Yemen - As thousands of demonstrators for and against President Ali Abdullah Saleh took to the streets on Tuesday, a cleric who is a former mentor of Osama bin Laden joined them to call for the replacement of the government with an Islamic state.

    Sheik Abdul Majid al-Zindani joined protesters in Sana on Tuesday and called for the replacement of Yemen's government with an Islamic state.

    The cleric, Sheik Abdul Majid al-Zindani, has been on the United States Treasury Department's list of "specially designated global terrorists" since 2004, suspected of fund-raising for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. His call was a marked contrast to the message of the rebellions that brought down the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and now threaten the rulers of Libya, Bahrain, Oman and, to this point, Yemen, where uprisings have been seen as secular and inspired by democratic goals. In the past, he has publicly opposed terrorism, if not jihad, or holy war, and his word as a spiritual leader carries considerable political and moral weight in Yemen.

    Mr. Zindani's appearance coincided with an unusual display of anti-American sentiment by Mr. Saleh, who accused Washington and Israel of fomenting unrest to destabilize the Arab world - an accusation that seemed more remarkable because the United States has been Mr. Saleh's most powerful Western backer during his three decades in power.

    Mr. Zindani spoke on an open-air stage before several thousand anti-government protesters, guarded by his own private security force of 10 men carrying AK-47's and shielded from the scorching sun by two umbrellas wielded by aides. He called for Mr. Saleh to step down and described the fervor for reform as an opportunity. "An Islamic state is coming," he said, drawing cries of "God is great" from some in the crowd.

    He said Mr. Saleh "came to power by force, and stayed in power by force, and the only way to get rid of him is through the force of the people."

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  7. LordJustice1

    LordJustice1 JF-Expert Member

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    Sioni hapa Israeli na Marekani wanaingiaje kuhusu mgogoro wa Yemen na nchi nyingine za kiarabu kwa ujumla, au ndio mfa maji ambaye haachi kutapatapa?
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    Marytina JF-Expert Member

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    I like how Gadaff managed to resist hawa maharamia wanaotumia dini AL QAEDA?huko misri it was Muslims brazawood ila leo wanadai ni ISREAL na marekani.
    Gadaff kadai kuna mkono wa AL QAEDA kumpindua na ameamua kumimia risasi mpaka misikitini ndani ila hapo mbongo anasema ni marekani
  9. Jethro

    Jethro JF-Expert Member

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    Unalo lisema ni sawa kabisa wajua viongozi wengi wamelewa madaraka na kutafutia sababu ili wazidi kukaa kwenye madaraka huku hawafanyi kile jamiii zao kinahitaji wao kushinda ni kutafuta maadui na kumtafuta nani mchawi huku wakijilimbikizia mali na kuwaacha wananchi wao wakiteseka sana na kutaabika kweli imefika wakati wananchi sasa wanadai HAKI zao na Ndio AMANI ije viongozi wasome alama za Nyakati

  10. Michelle

    Michelle JF-Expert Member

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    Yesterday Putin said,the Arab world might be in the hands of Islamic extremists after these movements....i hope America and Israel plays their cards well,otherwise they will suffer the most...we all know they are behind the youth movements in some Arab countries and especially Libya...
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    HAPO hakuna cha USA wala ISRAEL bali ni wananchi wenyewe wanataka mageuzi.
    Hayo mabadiriko i lazima yatokee hata kama watayapinga kiaje?