Yemen’s Shia activists continue protests
A supporter of the Shia Houthi movement wears a banner, which reads "civil disobedience" during a protest, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Yemen’s Shia activists have held nationwide anti-government protests a day after a similar event ended in bloodshed in the capital, San'a.
On Wednesday, Yemenis organized an anti-government protest across the country.
The protesters accuse the government of rampant corruption and mishandling the economy.
They also called on President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government to step down.
On Tuesday, Yemeni government troops opened fire on protestors and their supporters as they were marching towards the office of Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawain in the capital, Sana’a, killing at least seven people and injuring over 100 more.
On Monday, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in a TV address that state corruption has outraged the protesters and the government policy of terror would make the people even more resolute to follow up on the problem of corruption in Yemen.
Since August 20, Houthi activists have been holding daily rallies in Sana’a with tens of thousands taking part.
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 U.S.-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.