Monday, March 01, 2010

Yemen: Protests continue as security forces arrest 21 people

Reuters reports separatists demonstrated in southern Yemen on Sunday after security forces arrested 21 people accused of rioting, residents and officials said.

People travelling to Aden said demonstrations continued for a second day in the main southern city and in the provinces of Abyan and Dalea, also in the south of the poorest Arab country.

Demonstrators, some carrying the flag of the former South Yemen which united with the north in 1990, blocked the main road linking Aden with Dalea, they said.

Security forces arrested 21 people in the provincial capital of Dalea on Saturday as hundreds protested against earlier arrests, a Defence Ministry website said.

The protests were timed to coincide with a two-day meeting of Yemen donors in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Marchers and speakers at rallies called on the meeting to address the unresolved conflict in the south.

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