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Revolutionary Yemenis hold fresh anti-govt. demos


Revolutionary Yemenis have held fresh rallies in the capital, Sanaa, calling for the resignation of the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Houthis and their supporters took to the streets of Sana’a in defiance of the government’s plea to end weeks of demonstrations.

The protesters set up new tents in front of the ministries of interior and communications and blocked a road leading to the capital’s international airport.

On August 20, thousands of Houthis strengthened their positions in Sana’a in their efforts to press the Yemeni government to step down.

Since then, Houthi activists have been holding daily rallies in Sana’a, with tens of thousands taking part.

Hadi’s government has offered to reverse a decision to cut fuel subsidies and form a new government in the country, but Houthis insist that the government should resign.

They accuse the government of corruption and marginalizing the Shia community.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.


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