More protests and more deaths
Hundreds of thousands of protesters were out on the streets in an estimated 17 provinces on Friday and the weekend. In the capital Sana’a at least 26 protesters were shot dead and dozens more were injured as snipers fired into the crowds.
Meanwhile, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has made it clear that he will not release power until a new president has been elected in a presidential election to be held under the arrangements laid down in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) deal.
The president has authorised Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi to broker the deal but protesters have said that they will not negotiate until Saleh has gone. One protest leader was reported by Ahram online as saying “Dialogue before transfer of power is out of the question”.
Saleh has promised and failed to sign the GCC brokered deal three times. He remains in Saudi Arabia, recovering from wounds inflicted during a rocket attack on his presidential compound in July.