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Yemen: Months of unrest and turmoil

Yemen is a poor, deeply divided country in turmoil since January 2011, when mass demonstrations called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. Saleh has been in power since 1978. Demonstrations have continued for months and Saleh's support has crumbled as some army commanders and tribal leaders have called for his ouster. On April 7, an organization of oil-rich Persian Gulf states joined the increasing number of international voices calling for a transfer of presidential powers. Protests and deadly clashes continue daily with security forces and rival military factions allied with the government and the rebels. More than 100 protestors have died since the turmoil began. -- Paula Nelson (28 photos total)

Anti-government protestors display their hands and arms while chanting slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemeni security forces clashed with thousands of protesters who hurled rocks and burned tires in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least one person as demonstrations swelled in the capital. Arabic reads: " Leave". April 13, 2011 (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)
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30 comments so far...
1.

Finally Big Picture publishes pictures of the current "Change In Yemen". Kudos!

Posted by Tareq G. April 15, 11 11:27 AM
2.

Great pictures as always

Posted by Jay April 15, 11 11:37 AM
3.

#24 love the sunglasses brand: RIBAN

Posted by Heimana April 15, 11 01:11 PM
4.

Pic No. 24 - always wanted me a pair of RIBAN's.

Posted by Anonymous April 15, 11 02:51 PM
5.

the pic number 14 is amazing !!! Great Job

Posted by iekc April 15, 11 03:47 PM
6.

I'm curious as to why some protesters are carry Che posters. Is that just a general leftist thing (people power, etc.) or did he have some involvement in Yemen?

Posted by Igor April 15, 11 03:57 PM
7.

Maybe Che was a closet Islamist?!?

Wow--three insurgencies (Huthis, "Southies" and Al-Qaeda), a divided military leadership, and now a democratic revolution! At least civil war isn't so bad if one can chew khat to take the edge off...

Great photos, but it Sana'a has not all been peaceful demonstrations -- some of the unrest is on par with Libya's violence.

Posted by Chuck Brookhouse April 15, 11 04:47 PM
8.

Nice pictures Nice people !

Posted by lu April 15, 11 10:58 PM
9.

@6 I think Che has just become a symbol for revolution.

Posted by mb21 April 16, 11 07:43 AM
10.

nice job

Posted by Anonymous April 16, 11 09:20 AM
11.

#16 is great

Posted by Anon April 16, 11 11:50 AM
12.

استقبل شباب التغيير في ساحة حديقة الشعب في الحديدة المسيرة النسائية عصريوم أمس بالترحيب الحار والاناشيد الثورية ، والشعارات ترحيباً وإعتزازاً بخروج الثائرات من أجل الوطن.وفي السياق ذاته دعت اللجنة التنظيمية للثورة الشبابية الشعب اليمني لمسيرات مليونية اليوم الأحد القادم انتصاراً "للشرف والكرامة ’ وكانت اللجنة النسوية لإعتصام في الحديدة قد نظمت عصر الجمعة مسيرة نسائية حاشدة تأييداً لرفض شباب التغيير لمبادرة دول مجلس التعاون التي لا تنص على تنحي الرئيس صالح والمطالبة بسرعة رحيله.وردد المتظاهرات شعارات تندد بخطاب الرئيس حول الاختلاط وشارك في المسيرة عدد من الطبيبات والممرضات ومعيدات وأساتذة في الجامعات الحكومية والخاصة وطالبات وقيادات نسوية في أحزاب اللقاء المشترك ومستقيلات من الحزب الحاكم ، وعدد كبير من النساء توافدن من عدد من مديريات المحافظة ، وتعتبر أكبر مسيرة نسوية بحشدها الكبير والتي لم تشهد المحافظة مثيل لها من قبل. ورفعن المشاركات في المسيرة لافتات معبرة عن غضبها بالمجازر الوحشية التي أرتكبها النظام بحق الشعب في كافة المحافظات وتطالب المجتمع الدولي بالتدخل والوقوف الى جانب الشعب اليمني ضد الاستبداد الذي يمارسة نظام " صالح "ورددوا شعارات تطالب الرئيس صالح بالتنحي كما رفعت صورا" لعدد من الشهداء من محافظة الحديدة .

Posted by شباب التغيير في &#1575 April 16, 11 05:54 PM
13.

he's a symbol of anti-americanism

Posted by johnj April 16, 11 06:38 PM
14.

Soon these events will occur in Thailand. Red protesters drove to the Prime Minister and the working group. Because they destroy democracy and the economy was bad for most people in the big grass-root level. I agree with the saying. " The people must be the most important thing on earth. Leaders need to love and appreciate people after that people will love the leader."

I love The big picture.......

Posted by Thai grass-root April 17, 11 01:50 AM
15.

Nice to see images out of Yemen Thanks Big Picture publishers.
I see also some images of Muhammed Muheisen who did daily life of Pakistan, nice.

Posted by JD April 17, 11 02:55 AM
16.

Great job, thank you so much.

Posted by Moe' Megalli April 17, 11 03:22 AM
17.

Funny how the soldiers are the only ones religiously munching qat!

Posted by canablach April 17, 11 07:57 AM
18.

we need no comments wich describe what we see on the pictures but further nformations.

Posted by marette April 17, 11 03:27 PM
19.

I sincerelly hope that all these revolutions turn out in a REAL CHANGE. People over there should have the quality of life they deserve taking into account how much MONEY the "leaders/managers/bosses/presidents/dictators" do. Richness must be distributed.

Posted by George April 18, 11 04:26 AM
20.

@18
you are completely right.

Posted by stef April 18, 11 08:39 AM
21.

For those wondering about the elaborate daggers in #26, the short curved dagger is called a jambiah. Traditionally, the hilt would be made of rhinoceros horn or other valuable material as the use is largely ceremonial.

Posted by Keith Hanlan April 18, 11 08:52 AM
22.

Nice pictures

Posted by Anonymous April 18, 11 09:49 AM
23.

those scarves are dope!

Posted by charles April 18, 11 06:34 PM
24.

nice picture

Posted by sioud othman April 19, 11 06:37 AM
25.

why they wright in english, not in arabiс? for whom they wright?

Posted by minz April 19, 11 07:17 AM
26.

@ Minz, they probably write in both languages so more people can read their message

Posted by Coby April 20, 11 08:47 AM
27.

Brilliant photos and great courage from the people! However, sometimes the Devil you know is better than the Devil you don't know . . . Whos' going to take over next . . ?

Posted by Rafika Rajab April 24, 11 11:07 AM
28.

malla chay

Posted by mwafak April 25, 11 06:52 AM
29.

رغم ما انجزه شباب الثوره فان احزاب اللقاء المشترك اخذت في السيطره على الشباب وسلبهم حرياتهم من خلال عدم التعبير عن ارائهم الا عبر لجان المشترك التي يسيطر عليها اشخاص هدفهم اقصاء الحزب الحاكم واخذ مكانه باي طريقه ممكنه حتى ولو كانت على احلام هؤلاء الشباب الرائعون في الساحات فتنحي رئيس الدوله يجب ان يكون بطريقه ديمقراطيه عبر صناديق الاقتراع نهايه عام2011 برغم ان فترته المنتبقيه كانت الى 2013 وهذا ما لم يعجبهم فهم يريدون منه الرحيل فورا خوفا من الانتخابات التي اثبتت الانتخابات السابقه ان شعبيتهم ليست مكافئه للحزب الحاكم...

Posted by Sam Yemen May 4, 11 11:27 AM
30.

الله يكتب الأجر لجميع من ساهم في هذا العمل الجميل

Posted by Anonymous May 11, 11 11:13 AM
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