Yemeni protesters calling for new government
Thousands of Yemenis have held a mass rally in the capital Sana’a, calling for the downfall of the Yemeni government, Press TV reports.
Thousands of young protesters attended the demonstration on Sunday, saying the government has failed to meet the demands of people over the past years.
“We are living in the worst conditions, below the poverty line. Therefore, we came out to call for the downfall of the government,” a Yemeni protester told Press TV.
The demonstrators also accused many government officials of corruption.
We demonstrated to “get rid of these corrupt people in power. They are spreading all types of corruption,” the protester added.
The demonstrators also called for better job opportunities and a better economic situation.
On April 2, Yemeni protesters held a similar anti-government rally in the capital, demanding the resignation of President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi.
Chanting slogans, the protesters demanded Hadi step down and called for an end to US and Saudi interference in the country’s internal affairs.
Yemenis took to the streets of Sana’a, responding to a call by the February 11 Campaign Committee, which is seeking to revitalize the 2011 uprising against the Saudi-backed government and prevailing corruption in the country.
They also condemned the US drone operations in Yemen that have led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians in recent years.
Washington claims the unmanned aircraft target Al Qaeda militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of such attacks.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity.
His vice president, Hadi, replaced him on February 25, 2012 following a single-candidate presidential election backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Yemenis continue to hold demonstrations to call for the political restructuring of the country and to demand the dismissal of members of the Saleh regime from their government posts.